Eagle Medicine Man Bronze, Edition of 21 | 30 x 18 x 12 inches
Greg Woodard Greg Woodard was born in Prescott, Arizona in 1958. Though he took a few art classes in high school, he is largely self-taught. He began by carving decoys and went on to become a five-time Best of Show winner at the Ward World Competition, and the World Class winner in 1992 with a preening American kestrel. In 2000, he captured the World category in interpretive sculpture with a rendition of a prairie falcon chasing several swallows. To date, he is the only artist to have won both decorative and interpretive categories at the world level.
As a sculptor, what makes Woodard’s work unique is his patina process that allows each edition its own color and texture. He has always valued experimentation and innovation in order to further his artistic growth. Woodard is a master falconer and has a deep passion for understanding the raptors he studies. He carries the love and knowledge from these powerful birds into his work. Woodard believes each of his pieces tells a story; he shows this through the interaction between human and animal, expressing how they are affected. Another important feature of Woodard’s work is the railroad track theme, which symbolizes the cultural impact of the opening of the West. Museum collections and public installations include the Ella Sharp
Museum in Jackson, Michigan; the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland; Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in Arizona, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; Union Depot in Ogden, Utah; and Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Arizona. His work is featured in the book, Greg Woodard’s Art of Bird Sculpture by Kurt M. Robinette. Greg’s work has appeared in national publications including Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art and Architecture and Western Art Collector Magazine. “I try to achieve a unique gesture in every piece, and I use the process that a piece goes through getting cast to my advantage. I’m very involved at the foundry. I chase the waxes and do every patina by hand.”
Buffalo Nickel Steel, Edition of 21 | 16.5 x 15.5 x 7 inches
Indian Head Penny Bronze, Edition of 17 | 36 x 30 x 16 inches
Cat Tracks Bronze, Edition of 21 | 10 x 14 x 6 inches
Lincoln Bronze, Edition of 27 | 18.5 x 9 x 9 inches
Lincoln Penny Bronze, Edition of 17 | 64 x 24 x 16 inches
Ricochet Bronze, Edition of 17 | 64 x 36 x 30 inches
Cornered Bronze, Edition of 21 | 30 x 28 x 9 inches
Looks West Bronze, Edition of 21 | 33 x 63 x 25 inches
Kennedy Half Dollar Bronze, Edition of 21 | 16 x 19 x 14 inches
Overo Steel, Edition of 21 | 22 x 12 x 8 inches
The Reckoning Bronze, Edition of 27 | 10 x 9 x 28.5 inches
Big Medicine, a one and one-half times life-size sculpture by Greg Woodard represents the importance of the buffalo species to Native Americans of the Northern Plains. As the buffalo roamed the Plains, so did the multiple Native American Tribes of the Northern Plains. The entire existence of the people was dependent upon the buffalo and their migration patterns across the vast plains of North America. Following and being close to the buffalo was important; permanence was not. The buffalo provided for the people spiritually, culturally, and socially. The buffalo gave the people life.
Native Americans regarded the buffalo as a gift of the Great Spirit and viewed them as a relative. Whenever one was killed, itsâ€™ sacrifice was honored. The buffalo were a connection to the Creator. The buffalo skull was raised as symbol of thanks to the Creator. But as the expansion of the white man prevailed and the demise of the species became a threat to their collective culture and livelihood, the skull was raised in desperation and longing for things to return as they once had been.
Big Medicine, Heroic Edition Bronze, Edition of 7 | 146 x 60 x 60 inches
Indian Nickel Steel, Edition of 21 | 18 x 14 x 10 inches
Golden Boy Wood, Edition 1/1 | 28 x 16 x 12 inches
Legend Bronze, Edition of 21 | 12 x 14 x 10 inches
Shooting Star Bronze | 18.5 x 19 x 13 inches
Totem Bronze, Edition of 21 | 8 x 8 x 64 inches
Wild Bill Bronze, Edition of 21 | 48 x 24 x 28 inches
Sotia Bronze, Edition of 21 | 16 x 12 x 14 inches
Anasazi Anatum Bronze, Edition of 21 | 10 x 18 x 11 inches
Taking on Jupiter Bronze, Edition of 21 | 20 x 44 x 13 inches
Cycle of Life Bronze, Edition of 33 | 20 x 16 x 12 inches
Sun Up Snowy Bronze, Edition of 21 | 39 x 18 x 25 inches
A current catalogue of work from sculptor Greg Woodard.