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William F. Ward

William Ward was born in Leicester, England in 1827. He was a stone sculptor, an architect, and a painter. He joined the LDS Church and moved to Utah sometime in the 1840s. Ward died in 1893.

Ward was trained almost from infancy as a stonemason by his father. He moved on to become an apprentice to an architect in the English Gothic tradition, and also managed to gain some knowledge of painting technique.

In America he sculptured the Baptismal Font for the Nauvoo Temple, The Deseret Bloc for Washington Monument, The Couchant Lion for Brigham Young's Lion House which Ward designed; had a "lion's share" in the design of the Salt Lake City Endowment House.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Clark Bronson began studying wildlife at an early age. Familiarity gained through years of studious observation coupled with a love of animals and outstanding skill has given his art a beautiful and intricate realism that is respected and admitted by others in his profession. Arnold Friberg once said, “Clark Bronson is the best in his field.“

In 1960 Clark, began illustrating for the Utah Fish and Game Department. By 1969 he was recognized as one of the leading wildlife painters in America. Some of his covers won national awards.

Before Clark turned to sculpting, he did illustrations for the following magazines: Sport Afield, Boy's Life, National Wildlife, The Illustrator, The Denver Post, Virginia Wildlife, The Children's Friend, Wyoming Wildlife, Sunday Empire, The Ensign, South Dakota Conservation, Wildlife in North Carolina, Utah Hunting and Fishing, Colorado Dental Association, New Mexico Wildlife, Outdoor Oklahoma, Utah State Fish and Game Magazine, Colorado Outdoors, Sporting Classics and Montana Outdoors.

A national magazine printed the following: Just when Clark's career as a wildlife painter was nearing full scale, he suddenly decided to switch mediums. Putting away his brush, Bronson began sculpting. With his background in painting and his firsthand knowledge of nature, the transition was made quickly and easily. With the completion of his first sculpture, it became evident that the precision and realism for which his paintings were so known, was to take on even greater form and freedom in his work as a sculptor. Collectors began buying entire series as fast as they became available. In less that five years Clark's wildlife bronze sculptures became widely collected throughout the world. Harry Horswell of the Tryon Gallery in London said, “Clark Bronson is the greatest wildlife sculptor since the nineteenth century.“

Since Bronson started sculpting in 1969, he has done over eighty bronze pieces. Clark and Pauline have been filming wildlife and scenery for many years. In the beginning their purpose was to acquire reference material for Clark's art, but as time went on, they wanted to share their experiences in nature with others. The Bronson reference library contains hundreds of hours of extraordinary footage.

Biography courtesy Clark Bronson's web site. www.clarkbronson.com

For more information on the artist contact: info@clarkbronson.com

Books

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

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