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Mary Louise (ML) Snowden

 (born 1952)
Mary Louise (ML) Snowden is active/lives in California.  Mary Snowden is known for abstract figure and symbolic sculpture.

Mary Louise (ML) Snowden

Biography from the Archives of askART

M.L. (Mary Louise) Snowden is a sculptor noted for exploring the monumental forces and energies of geological phenomena that extend to summaries of human figuration. Snowden's sculpture is intended to convey a sense of power and movement through a juxtaposition of abstract and representational elements. Snowden is noted for advancing the art of bronze into new levels of extrusion, mathematical weight balancing, chasing techniques and proprietary patina formulations.

Snowden inherited the art of sculpture from her father, sculptor George Holburn Snowden, N.A. (1901-1990). George Snowden created the Main Altar and the exterior sculptural programs of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Upon winning the Prix de Rome of 1926, he was given 38 of the original sculpting tools of Rodin by his teacher and mentor, Robert Georges Eberhard (Swiss, 1884-1965) who had been a pacticien of Rodin, Chairman of the Yale Sculpture Department, and Curator of the Yale Museum archives for almost 50 years. M.L. inherited these historic tools after her father's death as well as the formulas for the luminous patinas for which she is known.

The important studio working methods of Jouffroy passed on through Saint Gaudens, Barye, Rodin, Eberhard and G.H. Snowden, form a direct line into the works of M.L. Snowden. Michael Miller, National marketing Director of Ebay and Butterfields wrote, " M.L. Snowden's sculpture is a glorious fusion of the golden age of Europe superceded by the vitality of the moment."

Of her art education, she said:"I'm not the product of an art school, but of a life immersed in art."(Art &Antiques, 9/2000).

M.L. Snowden was awarded post-graduate grants for extended study at the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Vatican Collections in Rome. One of her most traumatic times was when her father died in 1990, and she could not stand to be in the studio alone. She abandoned her art until 1998 when her mother, Louise Weider Snowden 1911-1998, died. M.L. then returned to sculpture, realizing that life is fragile and that one should follow one's talents.

All of her works, many of them between 500 to 1000 pounds and more, have a sense of movement and force. Snowden's sculptures, when exhibited together, have an inter-connectedness intended to form a cohesive installation.

In 1989, Snowden was awarded the inaugural Alex Ettl Grant for 'Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture", presented by the National Sculpture Society in New York City. Snowden was the world winner of the 1992 International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan and other public and private collections.

M.L. Snowden is the sculptor of the Main Altar of the $200 million downtown Los Angeles Cathedral and the creator of the first group of sculpted angels to be installed in a permanent public space in the history of the city of Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Angel Frieze, which is on display in the Cathedral's Visitors Center.

M.L. Snowden, August 2003

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About  Mary Louise (ML) Snowden

Born:  1952
Known for:  abstract figure and symbolic sculpture