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Grant Speed


Cuttin' em Out for the Drive North, Bronze 18" 28" ©

Night Herdin in a Rain Storm, Bronze ©

 

Ulysses Grant Speed was born in 1930 in San Angelo, Texas and was raised on a farm with cows and chickens and a small dairy. Raised during the Depression, Speed never doubted that he would one day be a rancher. While growing up, Speed worked on ranches in Wyoming and Arizona. By the time he was twenty-two, Speed had worked on fifteen different ranches and served two hitches in the Air Force. He attended as an animal husbandry major, spent 2 1/2 years on a mission for the Mormon Church, and was a professional bronco rider on the rodeo circuit until he injured a leg. After teaching all day, Speed taught himself to sculpt and by 1965 was selling bronzes. A charter member of the , Speed has been selected to be the group’s president on three occasions: 1972-73, 1980-1981, and 1986-1987. A sculptor of traditional western subjects, he lives in Lindon, Utah. His biography From Broncs to Bronzes was published in 1979.

We also own Night Herdin' in a Rainstorm, Bronze.

Sources: Peggy and Harold Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists (Bonanza Books, 1985) and Don Hedgpeth, From Broncs to Bronzes: the Life and Work of Grant Speed (Northland Press, 1979).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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