An Honest Try, 1968 | bronze, special edition | 30.75 x 30 x 23 inches | $24,500
This very rare bronze won the Gold Medal for sculpture in the Cowboy Artists of America show in 1970. It is a Special Edition cast for Bill Cochran who was the artist's friend and the model mounted on this ferocious bull both giving this ride "An Honest Try". A leather-bound and boxed edition of Scriver’s book, An Honest Try, presented to Bill Cochran and signed by numerous rodeo stars, accompanies this bronze.
Born in Browning, Montana in the heart of the Blackfoot Indian
Reservation, Bob Scriver was the son of a
licensed Indian Trader. All of Scriver's friends were
Blackfoot Indians. When he wasn't doing art, he honed his
skills as a top marksman. In addition, he became a
professional musician touring with top bands throughout the
Northwest and Canada in the fifties.
He later got involved in taxidermy and it was as a taxidermist
that he began modeling and casting miniature animal figures.
In his first show of his work in Northridge, California, his entire
set of 16 bronzes sold.
Scriver became a full member of the Cowboy Artists of America in
1967 and became an academician of the National Academy of Western
Art in 1973. He went on to win four gold medals and two
silver medals at the Cowboy Artists annual show for best sculpture
over the course of his distinguished career.