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    VERYL GOODNIGHT (American, b. 1947)
    Sprite, 2004
    Bronze with patina
    65 x 72 x 24 inches (165.1 x 182.9 x 61.0 cm)
    Ed. 11/21
    Signed, dated, and numbered on base: Veryl Goodnight 2004 11/21

    One of the world's leading equine sculptors, Veryl Goodnight has said of her work, "I was born loving animals and the American West, [and] this has been the focus of my art for decades." As a child growing up in the 1950s near Denver, Goodnight dreamed about having her own horse, a yearning she translated into horse drawings and sculptures out of snow. Today, an entire menagerie - not merely horses, but bison, deer, elk, goats, sheep, coyotes, and bears - live on her property near Santa Fe and serve as live models. Goodnight possesses the uncanny ability to render animal "personalities," such as this exuberant colt, Sprite, as well as the communion between animals and people. Her equine bronzes, ranging from miniature to monumental, grace numerous public institutions, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Old West Museum in Cheyenne. The Day the Wall Came Down, her most celebrated piece, depicts five horses jumping over the ruins of the Berlin Wall; one casting resides at the George Bush Presidential Library and the other, at the Allied Museum in Berlin.


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    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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