Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery

277 Main Street  Hill City, SD  57745

(605) 574-4954

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Chris Powell

A registered member of the Peepeekisis Tribe of Saskatchewan, Christopher Powell was introduced to sculpture at an early age. Mentorship from uncles in stone and bronze peaked an early interest in art.

After high school, Powell apprenticed at a bronze monument sculpture studio in Denver, CO. Here he moved from apprentice to foundry manager, where he worked on hundreds of monuments and bronze art pieces during the next twelve years. During his tenure at Lee West Studio, Powell learned skills of mold making, metal fabrication, and chemical patination.

 

In September, 2000, Powell was commissioned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the Colorado Avalanche (a National Hockey League club member), to produce a bronze bust. In a five-week turn-around, the bust of Patrick Roy was presented to the internationally renowned goal tender on the occasion of establishing the record for all-time wins.

 

July 2001 found Powell assisting his uncle with the installation of the national monument commemorating Aboriginal Veterans in Ottawa, ON, Canada. This was a culmination of a year’s work for the two men; Chris assisted his uncle in the production as well as installation of the tremendous monument.

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The past five years, Christopher’s principal goal has been to build a body of work that emphasizes North American wildlife. His use of polished surfaces, rare patination processes, and attention to detail result in

unique, high-quality bronze sculptures.