John Clarke – Buffalo
Wonderful, John L. Clarke Buffalo carving. Lots of detail and personality. The cottonwood Mr. Clarke used contributes to the texture of the animals he carves. This is a great example of the art that brought him attention and awards. Circa 1930. This is a wonderful piece and Buffalo carvings of Mr. Clarke's are rare.
John (Who's Blackfeet name is Cutapius, The Man Who Talks Not) was born in 1881 in the remote town of Highwood, Montana Territory to a Scottish/Blackfoot father, Horace Clarke, and Margaret First Kill, the daughter of a Blackfoot Chief.
In 1913, John returned to Midvale, (which would later be named East Glacier Park) Montana and opened a carving studio on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. John carved what he knew best, animals of the Northern Rockies and the Blackfeet People. His first formal show was in Helena, Mt in 1916. An animal group was purchased by a former teacher and was sent to W. Frank Prudy of the American School of Sculpture in New York City. Mr. Purdy was so impressed that he arranged for John's work to be exhibited at The Palace of Fine Arts and The New York Academy of Design. Over the years his work would be exhibited in countless galleries through out Europe and America, The 1943 Chicago Worlds Fair and, yearly exhibits at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts,and The Chicago Art Institute. Along with these exhibits, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the American Art Galleries of Philadelphia, a Silver Medal by the Spokane Art Association, and was listed in Who's Who of American Art.
Artist: Artisans and Craftsmen, John L. Clarke (1881-1970)
Size: 3.5" L x 1.5" W x 3.75" H
Location/Origin: Blackfeet/Blackfoot, Glacier National Park, Montana
Our Product ID: CLARKEJ17