Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hugh Glass "The Revenant"

The inaugural Hugh Glass Rendezvous and sculpture unveiling went off with out a hitch.  It was one of the hottest days of the year but history was made that day.  The life-size sculpture of Hugh Glass being mauled by a Grizzly sow was unveiled in conjunction with the program held inside the Hugh Glass park just feet away from the Rendezvous camp site.

In 1823, the real Hugh Glass—a seasoned frontiersman, fur 
trapper, and scout—signed up for an expedition up the Missouri River. 
During this trip, at a point near present-day Lemmon, South Dakota, Glass 
surprised a grizzly bear and her two cubs. The grizzly attacked him before 
he could position his rifle, so Glass fought for his life using only a knife and 
his bare hands. By the time the bear was killed, Glass was terribly mauled 
and mangled. Among Glass’s group, Jim Bridger and John Fitzgerald where 
elected to stay behind and care for Glass—or, seemingly inevitably, to bury 
him when he succumbed to his injuries. However, fearing their own 
exposure as the distance grew between themselves and their initial party, 
or even an attack by nearby indigenous groups, Bridger and Fitzgerald 
made a difficult decision. They collected Glass’s gun, knife, and other 
accoutrements, and left him for dead near the banks of the Grand River. 
Against all odds, Glass did not die. His 200-mile trek back to 
civilization was recounted far and wide among other frontiersmen, and 
 Native American tribes told tales about his brave journey. Everyone 
who lives along the Grand River has heard of Hugh Glass, and he was a 
favorite character for us kids when we fancied ourselves as frontiersmen.
However, when I was creating a sculpture about this iconic story, my 
first focus was on the grizzly. The grizzly had caught Glass off guard, and I 
played the encounter in my mind, seeing their relative positions, and how 
se would have forced him back. But mostly, I imagined the look of power 
and determination on the animal’s face as she protected her cubs, and I 
wondered how I could get the scrap metal to capture that. I decided to 
focus on the eyes, which I formed from sheet metal to be more convex 
than they would have been in life. To soften the look a bit, I tucked in some 
tire chains to represent the fur, and a trusty fork here and there.

South Dakota sculptor John Lopez stands next to his latest creation 
of Hugh Glass being mauled by a Grizzly Bear.

With the new release of the film "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu,"Oscar Winner for Best Director of Bird Man, 2015" it is time to start a new sculpture. I have started work on a monument featuring Hugh Glass a 19th century fur trapper who was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead. The mauling took place 25 miles south of where my studio is located near the small town of Lemmon, SD


Here is a clay maquette of the monument I am in the process of building. 

Here are a couple of links to read more about the movie.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A new book

 Not yet available in stores!

You can now reserve the most recent book by John Lopez, discussing his sculptures,
and explaining his creative process.  Get an inside look at the journey of the artist
and his motivation to create something that is gaining attention world-wide.  Lots of pictures of the artist and the artwork, and interesting stories as to how this all came about...you will not be disappointed in the quality of the book and its content.

 Sculptor John Lopez is a product of a place. His people’s ranches are scattered along the Grand River in northwestern South Dakota—not far from where Sitting Bull was born and died. Not far from where thousands of buffalo were killed during the westward expansion of settlers and gold miners. In the bone yards of Tyrannosaurus rex and grizzly bears. farmers and ranchers populated this chunk of reservation land, real cowboys have been roping and branding and sheering and haying and harvesting. John’s own forte lies in gentling colts and perfecting their bloodlines—and he started his celebration of them by sculpting in clay. Capturing every nuance, every muscle, in this land where business is still conducted over a cup of coffee and “neighboring” is a way of life.

Somehow that way of life—where times seems to have stood still—has seen the transition from horsepower to mechanized vehicles. The rusted carcasses of discarded equipment stand testament to generations of labor. And the man who knows bloodlines has picked through them, choosing the elements of the past—the actual implements that plowed the soil or cut the grain or dug the dinosaur—and created the curve of a jaw, the twitch of a tail, the power of a shoulder.

Join John on a tour of kitchens and scrap piles, barns and grain elevators, cemeteries and workshops—hosted by the people of the prairie. Meet Uncle Geno and brother-in-law Stuart, and scrap collectors from near and far. Listen carefully. There’s a story in the wind.

This post card will be mailed to you or the person that you wish to give this book for Christmas.  
Place your order now to reserve your signed copy.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Black Hawk photo shoot.

Sculptor John Lopez taking a ride on Black Hawk.

Click this link to see John's official web sitewww.johnlopezstudio.com

Sculptor John Lopez behind a single bottom plow being pulled by "Black Hawk".

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Western Art Collector

                        Click this link to see John's official web site.   http://www.johnlopezstudio.com/

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Welding on Black Hawk in my shop east of Lemmon, SD.
This life-size draft horse will be installed in-front of a farmers market in Kenstington, New Hampshire.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sculpture Book

John really does live in a field of iron.  Iron from machines used to work crops.  Iron that homesteaders left behind when new equipment and technologies took over. " I live in a time where scrap iron is the fruit on the plains," John says.   "I appreciate the wonderful donations from family and friends.  i love that people want to help me and be a part of what I am doing"

This soft cover book introduces the world to Hybrid Metal Art and the artist that creates it.     26 of John Lopez's sculptures are pictured in the book, it sells for $28.00 shipping and handling included. 
 Click the button below to order yours today.

Sculpture Book

Saturday, July 27, 2013

2013 Projects

 Historic Runnymede Farms in New Hampshire is now the home of a larger than life-size Friesian sculpture by John Lopez Studio. Danial and his trainer Judy are pictured to the left of the scrap iron sculpture that was commissioned by one of the owners of the historic farm that is now being restored.  To see progress shots of this one-of-a-kind sculpture in the welding shop scroll back to the top of this page and click on BUILDING A FRIESIAN.

Sculpting a Draft Horse

Sculptor John Lopez is pictured here next to a piece in the shop.
To see more progress shots of this piece click on the 
title above labeled "Sculpting a Draft Horse".