Gary Lee Price
GARY LEE PRICE — Gary Price was born 2 May 1955 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Montpelier High School in Montpelier, Idaho, and went on to study at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, where he studied art under Oliver Parsons. After serving a two year mission in southern Germany for the LDS Church, he traveled with the Brigham Young University study abroad program for six months in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and England. While later attending the Utah Technical College in Provo, he met and studied with the sculptor, Stan Johnson. Later that year, he studied painting, drawing, and anatomy with Alvin Gittens and Paul Davis at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
During his enrollment at the University of Utah, Gary Price continued studying sculpture with Stan Johnson in Mapleton. Continuing his studies at the University of Utah, he graduated with a Bachelor or Fine Arts (BFA). After completing his BFA, he went to work for three months as foreman at an Orem foundry where he did a variety of tasks including mold making, wax and slurry casting, and welding. To this point, his subject matter dealt with Southwestern and wildlife themes, as in Buffalo Nickel and Return of Fury, but later he worked with religious subjects as in his bronze of Jesus Christ, The Master.
In 1983 Gary Lee Price first started to gain recognition as a sculptor, beginning with an award at the Death Valley Art Show and continuing on to national recognition of They Rise Highest Who Lift as They Go. A change in direction occurred for Price in 1986 when Arthur Bond of the Western Wildlife Gallery in San Francisco encouraged him to sculpt game birds. From this direction came wildlife bronzes such as Wild Wings and Partners, both depicting Mallard ducks. However, wildlife bronzes were not the only type of work he was producing.
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