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 Leonard McMurry  (1913 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma      Known for: sculpture-western portrait bust

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in the Texas Panhandle, Leonard McMurry became a sculptor of monumental sculptures and of portrait busts of the main characters, soldiers and Indians, of the main characters at the Battle of Little Big Horn including Sitting Bull and General Custer.

He studied at Washington University in Saint Louis with Carl Mose and earned a degree in fine arts. He then served in World War II, and after the war returned to sculpting and studied with Ivan Mestrovic.

One of his monumental pieces is Eighty Niner, which he did for Oklahoma City and for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Leonard McMurry passed away on January 13, 2008.

Dictionary of American Sculptors, Edited by Glen Opitz
Peggy and Harold Samuels, Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
death notice courtesy of his son Robert
Leonard McMurry: Gifted, artistic visionary preserving Oklahoma's heritage

Leonard McMurry may not be known by name to many Oklahomans but when told of the talented pieces he has created, most would sayah ha! McMurry has crafted hundreds of sculptures, busts and plaques displayed all over Oklahoma. His western-themed art such as the Buffalo Bill statue is prominently displayed at the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center. He also was one of two people who helped restore the "End of the Trail" statue at the museum. Oral Roberts University's "Praying Hands" were created by McMurry. He sculpted 22 of 24 Oklahoma's governors on display at the capitol. What some consider his finest works are Biblical figures produced over the last 50 years and many are displayed at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. His career has spanned more than half a century, now at 88, he still sculpts 10 hours a day.


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