Dave McGary ( 1958 – 2013 )

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Dave McGary once admitted that he could never be a painter, since textures and patinas are vitally important to him.  Both elements, he contended, give a piece “the added depth needed to show its feelings” (Contemporary Western Artists, p. 346). McGary was born in the ideal place for inspiration for his bronzes that would make him famous throughout the world; Cody, Wyoming.  The inspiration for art started in high school in a jewelry making class.  His proficiency in producing objects of beauty led him to study with legendary Western sculptor Harry Jackson.

Under Jackson’s tutelege, McGary was persuaded to pay more attention to the anatomy of human and animal figures rather than just focusing on the details solely.  McGary spent two years in Italy with Jackson and also learned a wide variety of casting techniques as well as Renaissance marble carving.

In 1981, McGary moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico to establish his own studio and foundry.  It was also at this time that he became enamored with Indian culture and in particular the Sioux.  McGary was eventually adopted into the Sioux Bear Clan and allowed to attend their ceremonies.  McGary went on to complete regular sized pieces as well as monumental works with his signature polychrome technique.  His work is in the permanent collections of such prestigious museums as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, and the Pearce Collection of Western Art in Corsicana, Texas.