Christopher Pardell Sculptures

 

 

 

 

Chris Pardell Bio

 

The Old American West has been depicted in every imaginable art form by legions of artists, but very few can combine realism with romanticism in quite the same way as Christopher Pardell does in sculpture. All of his works are remarkably accurate, both in the physical characteristics of his subjects and in their historical context, while the aesthetic quality and technical execution are nothing short of impeccable. The balance and perfect form of the riders on horseback, for example, demonstrate Chris' mastery in freezing a moment in time and rendering it faithfully in art.

As far as I can tell, Chris Pardell's career began in 1987. I find it interesting how even the best artists take a little while to perfect their craft. In my opinion, Chris hit his stride between 1988 and 1989. Whereas some of his earlier sculptures may exhibit a degree of imperfection either in form or in proportions, every one of his creations from mid-1989 onward is technically flawless.

Each Pardell sculpture produced by the Legends foundry comes with an account of the real-life event that inspired it or the artist's vision in creating the art piece. The works titled in red in the thumbnail gallery below are the ones where I have included some historical notes. We met Chris at a few signing events and learned of the 200-plus reference books in his library, which help him achieve the authenticity he seeks in all of his artistic portrayals. In more recent years, Chris has shifted his interests and focus toward teaching sculpture, and the creation of commissioned public monuments.

Whether the artist's hand signature adds value to a piece is something that prospective buyers ought to decide for themselves. If your decision to purchase is influenced by the presence of a signature or autograph, you should try and learn what an authentic signature looks like, including subtle peculiarities in letter formation and pen strokes. I have seen "hand signed" pieces sold online where the signature seemed highly questionable. A signature that looks strong and fluent, not stiff, is probably genuine. Poorly executed forgeries may appear as a group of carefully drawn letters lacking fluidity and confidence. In today's marketplace, items are often bought for the sole purpose of being flipped, and many resellers don't spend the time to do proper research, so it's up to the collector to acquire knowledge and not become a victim.

If you recognize any of my photos on sites like eBay, please know that the pictures are not of the actual item being offered for sale. I'm strictly a buyer and have no intention of ever selling; at least, not in this lifetime(!)

       

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Resolute

Visionary

Wind On Still Water

Bear's Heart

Feathered Fury

Jessica

Courting Danger

 

As Things Were

Unexpected
Rescuer

 

First Coup

American Horse
Takes His Name

Defending the People

Four Bears'
Challenge

Crazy Horse

The Tables Turned

Eagle Dancer
 

Hell Bent
for Letters

Short Rest on
the Long Trail

 

Unbridled
 

 

Shhh!
 

Stand of the
Sash Wearer

Keeper of Eagles
 

 

Beating Bad Odds
 

Cliff Hanger
 

 

Hunters Brothers
 

Mystic Vision

Victorious

Defiant Comanche

No More, Forever

Esteemed Warrior

Rebellious
 

Eminent Crow
 

Enduring
 

Drum Song
 

Our Past,
To Our Future

Each, to the Other
 

Our Lives,
Our Legacy

Scout's Honor
 

Indomitable
 

Telling the Tale
 

Red Cloud's Coup

Songs of Glory

Triumphant

 

The Final Charge

Mountain Man

Medicine Gift
of Manhood

Spirit of the Wolf
 

Tomorrow's
Warrior

Guiding Hand
 

Gift of the
Sacred Calf

Spirit and Image

Souls Awaken

Legacy

High Spirit

 

Speed Incarnate

Give Us Peace
 

First Born
 

Daydreams of
Manhood

Innocence
Remembered

Sky's the Limit
 

Indian Maiden

Indian Potter

Kachina Carver

Chief's Blanket

Story Teller

Red Cloud

Crazy Horse

Sacajawea

Sitting Bull

Sees an Eagle

Koyemsi

Kwahu

 

Fly Fisher

Arabian Mare
and Foal

Lipizzaner

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