Large Museum Quality Life Size Bronze Bust of Ronald Reagan by Harland Young
Harland Young (1924-2015); Title: “Ronald Reagan”; Medium: Large Bronze sculpture with original clay model; Year or Era Produced: 20th Century; Signature: Reverse near base; Edition Number: 4/50; Approximate Measurement: 19″ x 16″ x 9.5″
Remarkable life size bronze bust of President Ronald Reagan by Acclaimed American Sculptor and Painter Harland Young (1924-2015) | Entitled: Ronald Reagan | The Bronze Sculpture includes original clay model made by Harland Young | The Sculpture is signed by the artist on the reverse near the base | The bronze is a limited edition, this bust is numbered 4/50, but the mold used to cast the first four was acquired and part of this lot item | Dimensions: 20″ x 17″ x 9.5″ | Weight: 71 lbs.
Note: This bronze sculpture includes the original clay model, ensuring no additional editions of the sculpture can ever be produced.
Harland Young (1924-2015) was an acclaimed painter and sculptor who is considered among the very best western art artists. Young was born in 1924 in the Ozark mountain town of Neosho, Missouri, but he grew up on a horse and cattle ranch in California. Thus began his intense admiration for animals and the outdoors. Except for his period of service with the Air Corps in World War II, his entire life has been devoted to his art and his horses.
He attended the Art Center College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree. He then worked for eleven years as a commercial illustrator for an ad agency. In 1956 he opened his first studio.
Through the years Harland received many honors and tributes. One of the most memorable occurred in 1970 as he was chosen from the entire Western art field to paint and present a portrait of John Wayne during Wayne’s introduction of “Man Of The Year” for the greater Los Angeles press club. On hand for the presentation were many dignitaries, including President Ronald Reagan, Ray Bolger, Dale Robertson, Gina Lolabrigida, to name a few.
During the second decade of his art career Harland painted, sculpted and owned and operated art galleries in Laguna Beach, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1984, The Nelson Rockefeller Collection Gallery gave Young a thirty-day one-man Western Art Show featuring his paintings as well as his bronzes.
Although Young is best known for his Western art, he is extremely versatile in other subject matter. Young’s wide range of talent didn’t go unnoticed by the people at WundaWeve, who commissioned him to produce original paintings for the Symphony of Color Series. “Harland Young is an artist who is the master of the fleeting moment…a man who brings his subjects alive and in motion on canvas.”-Kirk Ford, art critic and columnist “His paintings of animals tell best his feelings about beauty in nature. The movement he gives his horses, for example, may well be a way of experiencing through his creations a freedom not possible in a disciplined world.”-Davis Gee, Editor of Coast Art Magazine.