Within minutes, Master Sculptor Bill GirarD can turn a lump of clay into a smile, a laugh, a tear. His realistic bronze and stoneware sculptures depict the story of life in the young and old - faces of people expressing the emotions of living. While his Cowboys and Indians, authentically dated in their attire, convey energy, his nudes, timeless in their beauty, flow with grace. Bill's abstracts pull form, texture and realism into thought provoking images. His award winning sculptures can currently be found in a dozen galleries across the nation, in Europe and Asia, and in homes and corporate offices around the world.
Feature articles telling about Bill and his work can be found in the following National Publications: "Southwest Art", July 1997,"Art Of The West", August 1995. Bill is also listed in "Who's Who In American Art" , current issues. Bill and Nancy have been in business since 1981. All prices quoted do not include shipping.
Bill creating a new piece of sculpture in clay. The next step will be to make a mold of the clay figure. That Mold will be filled with a very hard wax. The wax positive will then have a ceramic mold made around it and inside the hollow wax. The ceramic mold will be placed in a furnace and the wax burned out (lost wax).
Then molten bronze metal is poured into the void left by the melted wax. After the metal cools the mold is broken off the bronze figure and the metal is finished . Then heat and acid is applied to the bronze achieve the colors Bill wants on the final sculpture. A walnut or marble base and name plate is attached and the piece is waxed and buffed. Click on all images to enlarge.
"Ole Glory". This limited edition (50) lost wax cast bronze Sculpture of a Bald Eagle is 26" wide and 20" high. The American flag is draped over the eagles left wing and supports the bird in flight. This is a magnificent sculpture for a large desk or cadenza in an entry hall. The sculpture of the eagle is patinaed in the traditional method while the flag is poly chromed by hand with acrylic pigments. The sculpture is mounted on a 2" base of American Walnut. The price of "Ole Glory" is $4400.
"Song of The White Buffalo". This abstract and realism combination sculpture is cast bronze in a limited edition of 35. The sculpture is 32" tall by 10'wide and 9' deep and stands on a 2" American Walnut swivel base. "Song of the White Buffalo" is one of the many legends surrounding the sacred white buffalo, the Lakota Sioux tell of the "White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman" who came to them as a white buffalo that changed into a beautiful Indian girl.. She brought them a bundle containing a sacred pipe, sang a sacred song and within four days taught them their sacred ceremonies. Listen with your heart and pray for peace among all nations as you hear the "Song of the White Buffalo" as this old flutist, wrapped in the soft skin of a white buffalo, soulfully plays the melody of the sacred song." Song Of The White Buffalo" is priced at $4400.
"Chenanga" This lost wax cast bronze limited edition sculpture is 40"H x 25"W x 13"D. This is a limited edition of 30, cast in bronze utilizing the lost wax method, and is SOLD OUT. This is a lovely figurative nude of an Indian girl gracefully removing a thorn, or thistle, from her bare foot. After bathing she has stepped on a thorn while drying off. Her name is a Native American word for "thistle or thorn". This bronze is polished before the patina is applied, giving it a beautiful, lustrous sheen. The sculpture is mounted on a black granite cube.
"Spirit of the Pot, Prayer Basket, Woven Dreams" Three cast bronze sculptures depicting the old ways of crafting ancient artwork. Prices for the works are left to right $1900,$1900, and $1700.
"White Buffalo Maiden" is a limited edition bronze statue cast using the lost wax method of casting. This Native American woman tells the story of the bringing of the medicine pipe to the Native American people. The sculpture is 31" tall and is mounted on an American walnut base, and the price is $4000
"Mystic Warrior of the Plains" is a Limited Edition (35) bronze sculpture, cast using the lost wax method. This sculpture mounted on a n American walnut base is priced at $4700.
Weems Gallery, Albuquerque, NM