"Stampede"

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"Stampede"

12,000.00

Bronze Sculpture

by Scott Rogers

Sculpture: 28" x 21" x 21" (height x width x depth)

Base: 3 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 17 1/2"

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Multiple patinas are available. The patina in stock is shown in the first photo.

With no thought for his own safety, this cowboy places himself between a downed man and hundreds of sharp hooves.

It was a lazy day that started uneventful. The usual jovial bantering amongst the men accompanied breakfast. Getting the herd started, for the thirty mile stretch, took longer than normal. Mid-day brought stifleing heat. As the afternoon drug on – a few dark clouds formed that looked ominous. “CRACK” – a flash of light – in the same instant (lightning). Instantaneously, the herd moved as one body. One of the men riding the left flank found himself riding point. All his efforts to turn the herd were to no avail. He felt awash in a sea of horns and knew the seriousness of the situation. Was it a gopher hole, a mess-step by his horse? He didn’t know. What he did know was that his horse had fallen and pinned his right leg under it’s side…………. 

One belies quite easily what is important to them ‘personally’, when forced to make a decision instinctively…with no forethought. Perhaps one hears of a friend / stranger in need, sees someone being mistreated or they receive undue funds from a mistaken source….now what?

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It seems like only yesterday that I bought a bronze from my uncle, Grant Speed.  My love affair with bronze had begun. Six months later (in October of ’90) I came home from work, looked at that bronze and said, “I can do that”. I sought and continue to seek counsel at the hands of master teachers (i.e. studied with Fritz White CA, Stanley Bleifeld, Herb Mignery CA, Mehl Lawson CA and Grant Speed CA).

My desire is to use art as a vehicle to inspire mankind to see the beauty of life. Artists’ are prone to leave emotional fingerprints all over their work; hence, what you’ll be seeing, in a way are self-portraits. I love how shape, line and form communicate. Every line has a spirit and speaks volumes. Put a lump of clay in my hands and a short while later you’ll know exactly how I feel and physically see my soul. I am finding that the key to life is to develop eyes to see what is really ‘there’.

I love what I do. The feelings I portray about the ‘Old West’ I’ve had all my life. I remember fondly the hours spent as a youth reading of renegades, rebels, rogues, outlaws, wild men and horses, ferocity, passion, power, cunning, independence, honor, loneliness, fear, rage, courage and freedom. These words worked their way into my soul and now find expression through my fingers in clay. The ‘West’ was about men and women who had courage, who were part of something bigger than themselves. I find great pleasure in doing these people justice by creating a fair portrayal of their characters.

When beginning a piece, the first thing I do is isolate an emotion I know intimately. An emotion that pulls at my heart, one that makes me hold my breath, an emotion so strong it becomes overwhelming and is physically draining to experience. If the emotion doesn’t command my rapt attention it is quickly dismissed. In creating “a moment” I do it in such a way that you (the viewer) have no choice but to play an active part and put yourself in the scene as the character depicted or as a first hand witness.

I sculpt feelings and not reality. In fact, to me the words sculpture and feelings are synonymous. I love it when someone says, after viewing one of my pieces, “I can feel the bullet hitting him”; “I feel like I’m on the back of the bucking horse” or “I can hear the roar of the stampede”.

I know art uplifts the spirit, it makes one want to be better, to feel good about themselves and their fellow man, to reach out for that which is good in life. It’s my wish that you experience some of what I feel through my art.