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(3) Bronzes, Native Americans by Gib Singleton
Age: 20th Century
Country of Origin: United states
Description: The three bronze sculptures depict three Indians with angel wings doing ritual dances looking upwards, in addition to animal feathers and other embellishments and animal symbolism.
"Singleton" is signed on the back of each piece.
Size: 2ft L x 3ft H
History: Gilbert Singleton was born in Kennett, Missouri in 1936, he began developing his artistic abilities at an early age, using whatever materials were available to a young farm boy. He won his first art prize at the age of nine, taking a blue ribbon at the Dunklin County Fair. At age 16, he became interested in bronze. After graduating from high school. Singleton enlisted in the army. He then worked his way through college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Art Education. Upon graduating from SIUE, he won a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago where his work earned him a Fullbright Scholarship. He used this to study the works of the Renaissance art masters at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. While there, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis requested that he assist with the restoration of flood damaged art in Florence.After being recruited by and working in the Vatican Workshop, where he assisted in the restoration of Michelangelo’s Pieta, Singleton returned to the U.S. to concentrate on his own work. Now, Gib Singleton is the foremost Western and Biblical sculptor in America –Gib Singleton’s sculpture is arguably the only artist ever to be represented simultaneously in the disparate permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Vatican Museum and the State of Israel, whose large collection of his art was a bequest of Prime Minister Golda Meir. Today, Pope Benedict XVI carries his crosier with a sterling silver cross at the top, which was designed by Gib Singleton and previously carried by Pope John Paul. Another of his crosses rests next to the Shroud of Turin. Years ago, when Michaelangelo’s Pieta was vandalized in the Vatican Museum, Gib was asked to assist in the restoration process.Singleton was born in 1935 in Kennett , Missouri. He grew up on his father’s farm during the Depression years and was the second youngest of five siblings. In 1940, his family relocated to Granite City, Illinois, where his father worked at Granite City Steel. He graduated from Granite City High School in 1955. His talent is backed by an education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he majored in Art Education and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. He also attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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