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    DAVE MCGARY (American, b. 1958)
    Bear's Nest, 1993
    Bronze with patina and paint
    25 x 15 x 10 inches (63.5 x 38.1 x 25.4 cm)
    Ed. 42/50
    Signed, numbered, and dated on base: Dave McGary 42/50 1993

    The fierce Oglala Sioux warrior Bear's Nest fought in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, which culminated in the dramatic victory of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne, led by Sitting Bull, over the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment. McGary here captures the aggression of Bear's Nest, who defiantly plants his foot on a tangle of wood and wards off the viewer with a snarling expression and a leather shield. Paints and patinas heighten the realism of Bear's Nest, as do his period costume, accessories, and artifacts, some based on McGary's own personal collection. Bear's Nest wears as a sign of his battle prowess his characteristic bear headdress, fringed with eagle feathers, and bear-claw necklace. His weaponry includes a Spencer rifle encased in a beaded Sioux case, a bow with arrows, and a dramatic shield decorated with feathers and a painted bear. Art historian Michael Duty has praised McGary's insistence upon realistic details:

    For the student of history and the collector of historical work, McGary's sculptures are among the most authentic on the market simply because McGary shares their concern for authenticity. . . . His studio contains items from nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Indian culture. His bookshelves are lined with reference books. . . . He is careful to be a good visual historian and in many ways exceeds the accuracy of earlier artists, who did not have access to as much information or who did not care to branch beyond a romanticized and largely false image of historic Indian culture.¹

    Both the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art, Boulder, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Denver, own masterworks of Bear's Nest.

    ¹M. Duty, Dave McGary: American Realism in Bronze, Ruidoso, 1997, pp. 74-75.



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