Great Falls, MT
Earle E. Hekka lived a short life of only thirty-one years, but in that time created nearly two hundred pieces of art. This piece features a Montana Cowboy in an early two horse buggy speeding through the Rocky Mountains. This is possibly a Pony Express piece. The piece is signed, Earl Heikka and is an original 1938 bronze sculpture with colored accents. When he was only nineteen years old, Heikka attracted the attention of William A. Clark III, the grandson of Butte copper king W. A. Clark. With Clark as his patron, Heikka began to achieve some recognition. With men like Marshall Field, Gary Cooper, and Con Kelley commissioning his work, Heikka's career seemed assured. But then on May 18, 1941, the young artist killed himself, ending his short but brilliant career. Heikka is in the ranks with C.M. Russell as one of Montana's greatest artist with his work having such great talent and his observation of a passing era of the American Cowboy being timeless.
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