Clark Bronson1939 -
Born: March 10, 1939, Kamas, Utah
As a child, Clark Bronson joined his father on his field trips as a game warden. For days, they would silently track animals and birds, being careful not to disturb the natural environment. By the age of nine, Bronson began sketching his impressions of the western animals. In high school, he took all the offered art classes and won a "Draw Me" contest sponsored by Art Illustration. Bronson was awarded free admittance to one of Art Illustration's art classes. He continued to enroll in their courses, winning awards and eventually illustrating wildlife for their instruction book. After briefly studying at Utah University, he dropped out and accepted an illustration position at the Utah Fish and Game Department. At this time, he picked up watercolors, abandoning his formal training in oils and began freelance work illustrating for many publications, including Sports Afield and National Wildlife.
Despite his success as an illustrator, Bronson turned to sculpture and cast his first bronze in 1970. His sculptures met immediate commercial success. Producing only three to four pieces a year, Bronson extensively researches his subjects and pays close attention to detail. He observes, sketches, and photographs in the field, remembering certain poses and attitudes of the animals. His dynamic compositions and depth of detail reveal his extraordinary knowledge of wildlife.
Bronson has received awards from the National Sculpture Society in New York and three silver medals from the National Academy of Western Art in Oklahoma City.