“His works are carved entirely from wood. His ability to capture an image in absolute detail is astounding. For example, if he carves an old saddle, it will not only look like leather, but will also show the worn, cracked areas as well. Darwin’s western themes tell a story of early frontier life and the struggles that went with it.” – Publishers Place Spokesperson
Darwin has been involved in some form of art all of his life. Early on he become accomplished in oil painting, Silver Smithing and jewelry making. These disciplines paved the way for his artistic expression, but his real passion began in wood sculpturing. It is through this medium that he has become a true artist and story teller.
Today, he is best known for his accuracy in capturing these memories in unbelievable detail.
Play the video below to see more of Darwin’s Wood Sculptures:
Darwin spends hours researching and sketching to make sure each piece is authentic, but his real gift is in telling a story about the subject. Each piece beckons us back to an earlier time, leaving clues about how it might have been.
His sculptures tell of adventures captured in time. All are one-of-a-kind originals. While he may use the same subject, no two are alike. The detail and finishes are so exact that the viewer often thinks they are seeing real leather or metal. Every piece, however, is sculpted entirely in wood, and then finished in oils.
Darwin has received numerous awards, including:
- First place and People’s Choice at the Kimball Art Museum in Park City, Utah.
- Best of Show, Judges Choice and Grand Champion at the Utah State Fair Fine Arts Division in which he competed against sculptures including bronze.
Darwin’s art graces the homes of art collectors around the world.
The Western Art Rodeo Association is proud to have Darwin Dower as a member.