The Wild West Buffalo features two life-size portrait bronzes in it. The right side has Sitting Bull welded in it and the left side features a portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody. The two famous characters starred in Bill Cody's Wild West Show that toured the all around world.
The idea to put the two bronze busts featuring Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill came about during the 2012 Christmas fair in Lemmon. Kavan Donohue was looking through a book in front of Phyllis Schmidt's booth and saw an old poster that showed a picture of Buffalo Bill in a running buffalo (pictured below). Kavan pointed it out to me and said if you like to put faces in your pieces put Buffalo Bill in a Buffalo like this.
This is the face I cut off a twelve foot Angel and welded into Top Knot a life-size horse I was building the summer of 2012. This face inspired Kavan to have an idea after seeing Buffalo Bills face in the poster above. This is a big deal because know I am not just building a scrap iron buffalo. It now has a theme to it and the face helps tell the story. In the case of the Wild West Buffalo pictured below Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill being in the same buffalo gives it this new feel that my piece didn't have before this. Thanks Kavan!
Here are some progress shots of The Wild West Buffalo while in the welding shop.
I can really feel my style coming together in this piece. This is quintessential John Lopez with a touch of Kavan Donohue mixed in. I liked to hide my bronzes in the Hybrid Metal pieces but in this one I feature the bronzes in an obvious way. The Sitting Bull Bust is not hidden it is intentionally framed so that your eye is drawn to it right away.
Kavan Donohue and I in front of Dakotah after a photo shoot for Faces Magazine.