Robert Summers (artist)
Robert Temple Summers II, is an American artist, (born August 13, 1940) in Cleburne, Texas. Summers, who works as a painter and sculptor, has created prominent bronze works displayed in places such as the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Dallas Pioneer Park the Loews Anatole Hotel, Fair Park, Los Angeles International Airport, and Plano Texas' Baccus Plaza.
Summers' studio website, states that Summers has had "no formal art training, save a quick course in mixing colors at age 15. He began to explore art as a profession in 1964. His paintings adjoin works in various mediums including; egg and acrylic tempera, oil, dry-brush watercolor, pastel, and pencil. His sculptures have included wax and clay, and currently divides his get older between painting and sculpting. He describes his flat work as "painterly
Summers resides in his boyhood house of Glen Rose, Texas taking into account his wife Boo, two of their three sons law with him. Among his associations, Robert serves as Associate Director of the Creation Evidence Museum and has traveled to Turkey and New Guinea on archaeological expeditions in that capacity. Summers plus plays bagpipes, practices falconry, sings Contemporary Christian music, and has played improvement roles in several professional productions. Much of his Western art demonstrates his love of wildlife and the cowboy simulation of the little Texas town.
Created a life-size, standing figure of a Texas Ranger which is on display at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.
Created a larger-than-life, standing figure of Texas pioneer, Major George B. Erath, also on display at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
Commissioned to sculpt the nine-foot-tall statue of John Wayne for the John Wayne Airport in Orange County California in October 1980. During the project Summers worked next to with the Wayne family, after which Patrick Wayne commented, "this is the first era I have seen my father since he died".
In May 1985, the 69th Texas Legislature passed House Bill #33 appreciative the placement of a monumental bronze by Robert Summers on the Capitol Grounds in Austin (this instinctive the first sculpture certified for placement upon the grounds for approximately 100 years). At present the project is nevertheless under consideration and con has not begun.
In 1987, Summers completed a three-quarter life-size story of "Texas Legacy" (the above-mentioned monument). The sculpture proceedings 20'x12'x7' and depicts two cowboys upon horseback leading seven Longhorn cattle beyond a rail-road crossing and is on display at the main entrÐ¹e of the Astro Hall at the Astrodomain in Houston, Texas.
In 1990, commissioned by the United States Navy Memorial Foundation to sculpt three large bas-relief bronzes showing various historical comings and goings and duties of the United States Navy and Coast Guard. The bas-relieves are allowance of the United States Navy Memorial upon Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.
In February 1992 pretend was completed on a nine-foot statue of golf legend Byron Nelson. Commissioned by the U.S.A.A., the bronze is prominently located close the first tee at the TPC course at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.
In November 1992 Summers began work on the largest bargain of bronze statues in North America. A brain-child of real-estate magnate Trammell Crow and commissioned by Dallas Trees and Parks Foundation, the project contains three cowboys on horseback and 40+ Longhorn steers in Pioneer Plaza, each piece being 130% life size. 30 new steers will eventually be installed. The bronze trail purpose covers 4 acres (16,000 m2) in downtown Dallas neighboring the Dallas Convention Center. This project was a break-through in that the artist designed both the sculptures as well as the landscaping. It is internationally known and the most photographed landmark in Dallas.
In 1996 Summers finished three 130% life-size monuments of three prominent Dallas citizens including; Trammell Crow, on display at the Anatole Hotel, and Tom Hughes, former Director of the Dallas Summer Musicals, on display in at the Music Hall at Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas.
He was commissioned by [Newmark Publishing] in Louisville, Kentucky to final a series of Civil War paintings covering the "Peninsula Campaign".
In beforehand 1999, Summers was commissioned to sculpt a 150% life-size monumental portrait of American cattleman John Chisum by the John Chisum Memorial Foundation in Roswell, New Mexico. The monument contains a rider upon horseback and one Longhorn steer. It was installed adjacent to the Chaves County Court House in Roswell on March 24, 2001.
After execution of the John Chisum sculpture for Roswell, the adjoining city of Artesia asked Summers to sculpt a twice computer graphics sized sculpture of John Chisum’s niece, Sally Chisum. Dedicated upon July 26, 2001, the 11-foot-tall (3.4 m) sculpture of Sally stands as she reads to two children, as an addition to Artesia’s Main Street Project.
Soon after the installment of “Sally”, Artesia once more called on Summers to represent Mary and Martin Yates, founders of Yates Petroleum. This 125% monument is currently installed and awaits the arrival (completion) of their partner “Van Welch” also in 125% scale, which was past commissioned to be an complement to the composition.
In 2007, Summers completed a bronze statue titled "Barnard's of the Brazos - The First Family of Glen Rose", depicting Charles and Juana Cavasos Barnard, founding patriarchs of Glen Rose, TX. It is displayed in front of the Sommervell County court home in Glen Rose.
In 2008, Summers began a multi-sculpture project called "Branding the Brazos." The sculptures add up longhorn cattle, a cowboy (added in 2013), and a Vaquero (added in 2014) and will eventually intensify a black drover as well. It is displayed at Indian Springs Park, in Waco, Texas in belly of the Waco Suspension Bridge, which was a key spot for cattle drivers to cross the Brazos River upon their pretentiousness up the Chisholm Trail.