Harvey Rattey | Mark Hopkins | Brent Phelps | Terry Murphy
Deadwood Stage - Harvey Rattey
Harvey Rattey is an internationally known western and wildlife sculptor. A Native American of Chippewa descent, he grew up on a northern Montana ranch and spent his spare time calf roping in local rodeos. A full-time artist his work is purchased by the U.S. Pentagon for use as gifts to foreign dignitaries as well as by celebrities such as basketball star Larry Bird. Harvey lives on a ranch in the eastern Montana community of Glendive with his sculptor wife Pamela Harr. .
Harvey’s artwork is in many private collections or on display for the public:
Smithsonian’s Local Legacies Project, Institute of American Indian Studies
Mark Hopkins is considered one of the premier sculptors in the United States today. From tabletop sculpture to monuments, his work is displayed in homes, offices, and public settings around the world.
Mark Hopkins’ work is in every way, a reflection of its creator. It reveals Mark’s total fascination with nearly every conceivable aspect of life: from history, children, sports, music and religion to wildlife of the land, sea and air. With a style so flowing and alive it has been called “bronze in motion,” the work is as passionate and expressive as the artist himself.
For as long as he can remember, Mark has been captivated by form and design. From the time he was young boy, with the encouragement of family and teachers, he worked to develop his innate talent, and explore the various techniques and mediums of sculpture.
In addition to his skill as an artist, Mark made himself a technical expert in the art of “lost wax” bronze casting. At the Mark Hopkins Sculpture foundry, Mark monitors the casting process, insuring that the integrity of his work is maintained throughout its creation in bronze. With the help of many talented craftsmen, Mark endeavors to establish an enduring legacy of high-quality bronze sculpture.
It has taken half a lifetime for Mark to attain his preeminent status in the world of art. For many years, the necessity of providing for his large family took Mark into other, more traditional vocations. Throughout those years, though, Mark never stopped sculpting. He knew in his heart that it was the work he was born to do. From the many challenges and experiences of his life came a remarkably unique style of art.
Mark Hopkins constantly challenges himself to translate the richness of life and nobility of the human soul into enduring sculptural form. In his words, “I strive to express beyond the image, to catch spirit, to reveal deeper emotions, and to share joy.” As he continues to rise to that challenge, his work is attaining an honored place in the history of art.
“Crossing the Headwaters” is one of Terry Murphy’s classic sculptures. His artwork stands alone as to artistic quality and the message each sculpture conveys to the eye of the observer. Terry passed away from cancer in 2007. Terry Murphy was a fourth generation Montanan, born and raised in the Helena Valley of Montana. He was self-taught, studying the masters of sculpture from the past to the present. He was inspired to start sculpturing in 1971 and devoted his full time to the art of sculpture, specializing in North American Indian works, western themes, wildlife and sporting art, as well as contemporary subject matter. Murphy's pieces are currently held in many major collections, both private and public, including the University of Montana and the Charles M. Russell Museum.