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BUFFALO

A N I M A L :  American Buffalo

M A T E R I A L :  Cast Bronze

P R I C E :  $52,000

U N I Q U E / M U L T I P L E :  Unique

D I M E N S I O N S :  5' Tall

 

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MOONLIGHT CHAUTAUGUA

A N I M A L :  Mother cyote with pups

M A T E R I A L :  Cast Bronze

P R I C E :  $32,000

U N I Q U E / M U L T I P L E :  Unique

 

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Dan Brook

 

“The sculptural portrait remains very old-world. It is one of the most difficult of all sculptural challenges. When an actor takes on Shakespeare, the script is not in question. Rather, the play exacts its judgment upon the actor. In turn the portrait, ancient measuring rod of sculpture, demands of the artist: 'Are you up to the task?'”

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Muscogee-Creek Native American artist Dan Brook was born in ranch life in the Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Memories of his father, a second-generation rancher and Indian cowboy, and his vivid tales of turn of the century ranch life are preserved in Brook’s mind. The fellow native playmates of his childhood, the cowboys and neighboring farmers, themselves descendants of early pioneers of Indian-territory, have provided a rich tapestry of images, culture and history for the artist to draw upon. His gift was evident from early childhood. “My earliest memories are of drawing. I suppose that is true of most children, I just never stopped.”

The isolation of rural ranch life provided long hours of sketching, which continues to this day, in sessions in his studio. In the fourth grade, he entered a youth art show. The judges refused to believe that he had not traced the pen and in drawing. “My first experience with the back-handed compliment,” he says with a laugh.

The artist attended Baylor University on a football scholarship, playing under legendary coach Grant Teaff. Upon graduation, Brook studied art in the old-world tradition of apprenticeship, with renowned portrait sculptor, Dr. B.N. Walker, called by some a modern-day Houdon. It was then that the artist’s God-given talents were combined with the techniques of the old masters. “There is an inner power in Dan’s portraiture work, like that of the Roman artists who captured senators likenesses in marble,” says fellow artist David Spence. It seems only fitting that one of Brook’s early commissions was a portrait of the Creek nations’ great chief, Claude A. Cox (dec.), now placed in the tribal capitol. He has since done several busts of famous Native leaders.

Twenty-five years later, Brook continues his exploration of sculpture, recently completing the Trail of Tears monument in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This contemporary monument is the soaring work of a virtuoso. One of the few sculptors that create in both figurative and contemporary styles, the artist is a master in bronze, terra cotta and lucite. His work has been collected in public and private sectors in the United States. His reputation has now crossed the ocean, as he has been commissioned to create works in the Middle East and Europe. “Like the ancient Creek artists, Brook prays for the 'Master of Breath' to guide his hands as he begins each new piece.” The artist happily lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

 

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