Presented is an original bronze sculpture by American artist Robert Summers. Entitled “Lost Spirits,” this bronze was cast in a limited edition of only 30 pieces. The bronze depicts the head and shoulders bust of a Native American male. He is surrounded by a base of buffalo skulls, roots, and rocks. To his side, a smaller figure lifts a buffalo skull overhead in reverence. The bronze is titled, signed, and dated in the sculpture along the bottom edge.
Robert Summers II (American, b.1940) is a nationally known sculptor of monuments of epic dimensions. Working out of his studio in Glen Rose, Texas, he also sculpts smaller tabletop bronzes and paints historical Civil War scenes and realist contemporary Western scenes.
As a child in Glen Rose, Summers took art lessons and was inspired by his father, a local judge and Frederic Remington fan. In his 20s, Summers worked with the Texas Highway Department and then with General Dynamic Aircraft, while working part time as an artist. Expressing desire to devote his full time to his art career, Summers began painting full-time in 1964. In 1969, he sold twelve paintings at a solo show in Odessa, Texas, and in 1973 his art, prints, and posters were reproduced by the Franklin Mint. Summers was the official Texas Bicentennial Artist in 1976, and in 1979.
Summers has created numerous public art projects, including the world's largest bronze for the Pioneer Plaza at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The piece, a cattle drive, includes seventy longhorn steers herded by three riders on horseback. Completed in the mid 1990's, it took him two and a half years to create. Summers has other prominent bronze works displayed at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Loews Anatole Hotel, Fair Park, Los Angeles International Airport, and Plano Texas' Baccus Plaza.
Very good condition. Bronze sculpture, on a wood base. Nice, attractive patina to bronze. No apparent chips, cracks, or repairs. Signed, dated, and titled to the lower edge of sculpture. Dimensions: 12 1/4" H x 7" W x 6" D.