Duke Sundt biography:
His given name is Robert Harald Sundt (which he often refers to as his I.R.S. name). As a child, his father nicknamed him “Duke” and it stuck.
Duke didn’t spend much time in Kansas, only six months to be exact. This was typical of the life of an “army brat.” While his father was still in the military, Duke’s family lived in a number of places, however the last station of his father’s duty was to have the greatest influence on Duke and his future career as a sculptor. Between the ages of nine to thirteen, his family made their home in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Armed with his new fine arts degree, Duke showed up for a job he had procured near Santa Fe in the early winter of 1972 only to learn the foundry that had hired him had burned in a fire just days before. Later he gratefully took a job as a ranch hand and moved his family to Watrous, NM. This journey proved to be exactly what he needed to give him time to find a direction and to figure out what he wanted to say through his art. He knew he wanted to illustrate the contemporary American cowboy in a realistic representational style. Being especially dedicated to telling a good story in three dimensions often with a humorous twist has been his aim in much of his work.Since those early years, he has created numerous monumental commissions, life size and larger than life size subjects ranging from southwestern to military themed sculptures. Throughout his 45 year career as an artist, Duke has continued to depict the American cowboy and wildlife of the southwest in his smaller limited edition bronzes.
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“Cowboy Ride Down Main”
Bronze 12″ high x 12″ wide x 5″ deep
See additional information about “Cowboy Ride Down Main”.
Bronze 10″ high x 16″ wide x 4″ deep
See additional information about “Three Antelopes”.
Bronze 8″ high x 15″ wide x 10″ deep
See additional information about “Steer Wrestler”.
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