John D. Free, a native of Osage County and Pawhuska, Oklahoma, left behind a legacy of great art in this small community. During his lifetime Mr. Free produced award winning bronzes of the Western and Native American Culture he was a part of. His works have been shown throughout the United States in museums, public and private collections.
An award winning member of the National Academy of Western Artists and Cowboy Artists of America, his knowledge of the subject matter he portrayed is unsurpassed. He twice won silver medals as a NAWA member. His paintings and drawings have the same impact.
Mr. Free was instrumental in the production of a bronze casting foundry in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The foundry continues to produce his editions which have not been sold out. Run by John D. Free's sons and families, over 60 artists use the foundry to produce fine bronze castings as meticulous in detail as when Mr. Free oversaw the foundry himself.
From sculpting with melted wax and dirt in his childhood to monuments that are nationally known, Mr. Free lives on in his work and the legacy of art he left in Pawhuska and the Osage. Tallgrass Art Gallery is proud to be the sole representative of John D. Free in the United States and look forward to sharing our collection with you.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery