Saturday, July 29, 2017

"Wovoka's Dream"
Unfinished Clay

By David Lemon
Edition of 30
31 inches tall 24 at it's widest
(without wood base)

Pre-Cast Price $4,995

"When the Sun died, I went up to Heaven and saw God and all the people who had died a long time ago. God told me to come back and tell my people they must be good and love one another, and not fight, or steal or lie. He gave me this dance to give to my people." With these words, spoken by a Paiute rancher named Wovoka to describe a dream he experienced during a full eclipse on New Year's Day of 1889, the Native American Ghost Dance religion came into being.
Few people, either Native or white, could have imagined the tragedy which would arise from this new faith within two years of this jolting statement. But while the brief and bloody history of the Ghost Dance has been well documented, the story of its creator remains curiously elusive. Few people have had a more profound effect on Native American history as Wovoka.

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Mark Twain"

By David Lemon
Edition of 100
16.5 inches tall

Retail Price $2,800

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 * April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Scenes of these stories are in relief on the base of this bronze. 

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. David Lemon, the artist of this bronze also worked in Type Setting and the Printing Business in Salt Lake City, before becoming a full time artist. 

Mark Twain later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. His humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Edition of 20
24 inches tall (clay shown)

Pre-cast price $15,950
Release price $16,950

His arrows depleted, his stone war club his only weapon, this plains warrior must face his enemies with an unconquerable spirit.

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Plains Warrior"

Edition of 40
30 inches tall with base by 13 inches at it's widest

Pre-cast price $12,900 for the Polychrome version (first 5 copies only)
Pre-cast price $12,700 for the Monochrome version (first 5 copies only)

Release price $14,500

This represents a Sioux Sub-Chief with bow. He stands ready to defend his way of life. The expansion of the settled territories by Europeans and people from the Eastern United States was inevitable. You just can't have all that virgin territory and not have people who think, if it isn't deeded land, then it's open to those who also want to build a life as well as a future for their families.

The concept of owning land was foreign to Native American Indians. They controlled hunting grounds and traditional migration areas. They defended these areas for the survival of their people. Unfortunately, they didn't have a standing army, or supply trains to keep soldiers in the field. Indians had to break off and hunt for the food to survive the winters. They just couldn't win. In the long run though. They survived due to courage and defiance of warriors like the "Plains Warrior".

These photographs are of the Multi-patina bronze

This is the Monochrome Version of Plains Warrior

Approaching Storm

By David Lemon
Edition of 15
17 inches tall by 22.5 inches long and 11 inches deep

Pre-Cast Price $13,000 First Five Numbered Copies Only
Release Price $14,995

Native Americans had to weather the same storms modern man does. This clay, is of two Southern Cheyenne Warriors, who've been hit by a sudden and powerful gust of wind. It's knocked their horses off balance and has partially spooked them. The warrior on the back of his horse is attempting to control his horse, while the warrior on the ground is attempting to mount his.
Looking back in the direction of the wind, the warrior on the ground sees the dark funnel touching the ground. They're left naked to the dangers of the Tornado on the flat open prairie.

Morning Joe 
By David Lemon
Edition of 20
21 inches tall
Pre-Cast Price $4,950 .... First Five Numbered Copies Only
Release Price $5,500

Cup of Joe. 1914 Josephus Daniels was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson. Among his Naval reforms were inaugurating the practice of making 100 fleet sailors eligible for the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and on July 1, 1914, he issued general order 99, which rescinded Article 827, the officers' wine mess. Rumor has it that from that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships was coffee, and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe." The first real cowboys appeared in the middle 1800's during the days of the great cattle drives. Their task was to herd wild Mexican "beeves" up to graze on the open ranges of the American West. A cowboy's supper usually included beans, sourdough biscuits, oh yeh, and uh... beef, and (who knew?) strong black kettle-brewed coffee. It's rumored that this coffee could float a horse shoe, kill a Diamond Back rattler, or even make a cowpoke put his six-guns away! (lest his nervous trigger finger stampede the herd...Yipes!) This cowboy, up early, before dawn, trying to focus and formulate if he's alive.. That warm cup in his hand and his old shirt in the other, he waits for the chuck breakfast that cookie if preparin. Till then, he's just numb.

"Real Wealth"

By David Lemon
Edition of 15
20.5 Inches Tall by 18 inches Wide and  8 Inches Deep

Pre-Cast Price $9,250 First Five Numbered Copies Only
Then the price goes up to $10,500 for numbers 6 to 10
Then the price will go to $11,500 for numbers 11 to 15
AP (Artist Proof) and FP (Foundry Proof) Copies will list at $10,500 each

Ole Charlie (Badger) Simmons went out west to make his fortune, trappin fur. Spent years wading in cold streams and ponds, setting Beaver traps, dogging arrows, and desperate days of cold and hunger. Money was good at first, but as the years went on, and Beaver became scarce, Ole Charlie Badger just trapped out of habit. Now it was fox and other exotic furs. He spent a winter with the Crow on the Yellowstone River. He needed a woman to do his cooking and such, so the chief sorta made it known his daughter was a good trade. Reluctantly he traded a couple of horses and some steel knives for a 17 year old female of that tribe. At first they had at tenuous partnership. She missed her people, and he wasn't used to someone being around him all the time. her cooking wasn't all that good either. As time went by, that first year, she started to settle into a routine, and Charlie started looking forward to seeing his young wife, after a day in the cold waters, and fly infested meadows. She'd made a special salve for the bug bites and Willow scratches on his legs and arms. He was seeing a value in her attention. Eventually as time went on, he built a cabin, and settled into a life of hunting, fishing, and just enjoying his days. They had a child, and it was then that Ole Badger realized, gold coins ain't all that's valuable.