Bronze horse sculpture by equine artist kim corpany.

This Bronze Horse Sculpture marked a turning point in the career of equine artist kim corpany. As the first horse statue that the artist cast in bronze, this piece marked the beginning of an extraordinary line of horse sculptures and western sculptures. western bronze sculptures had fascinated the artist as she pursued her art education in illustration and oil painting. ​ After completing her bachelor of fine arts degree at utah state university, kim took a horse anatomy class from cowboy artist mehl lawson.  That class led to the creation of this first in a long line of bronze horse sculptures.

Bronze horse sculpture

Turnaround was the first bronze horse sculpture created by Kim Corpany.
This limited edition bronze sculpture is sold out.

Thank you to the collectors of my artwork who have this bronze horse sculpture in their collections!

Little did Kim know that this was only the beginning of the journey to creating a bronze horse sculpture. When she dropped the sculpture off for mold making, the guys at the foundry asked if she would come back and work cleaning mold lines and perfecting the wax sculpture since they really didn't know horse anatomy. In a couple of week when the mold was done, she worked on the wax. The foundry then took the wax horse through the lost wax bronze casting process. Then Kim was called on again to help perfect the bronze horse as it went through the metal chasing process, making certain the legs were straight and the muscles and tack and ears were all looking the way they should.

It is always humbling for Kim to look at this bronze reining horse and realize how much she has learned since creating this first bronze horse sculpture.

A reining horse performing a spin was the inspiration for an experienced artist who was starting a new career as a bronze sculptor. The artist was riding and showing reining horses and always striving to understand the balance and movement which is involved in performing lightning fast spins on a reining horse.

bronze horse sculptures
Bronze horse sculptures

Kim had the opportunity to attend a horse anatomy class in bronze horse sculpture taught by the world renowned western sculptor, Mehl Lawson. The class took place at Scottsdale artists school and was a turning point in Ms. Corpany's art career.

Kim Corpany was already an accomplished painter and had finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. Her intention in taking the sculpting class was to improve her knowledge of horse anatomy. While she accomplished this goal, she also found out that she had quite a bit of ability in forming 3D figures in clay. 

After coming home from the class, she continued to paint horses and their people as her work, not having any idea of how to go forward with producing a bronze horse sculpture. She was riding her reining horse with horse trainer Vaughn Knudsen one day when a good friend, Doc Poulsen showed up to visit the arena. Doc had been aware of Kim taking the sculpting class and he had a plan in mind on this day.

"I'm going to the bronze foundry, and you're going with me!" declared Doc.

So she put her horse away and jumped in the truck with Doc. He drove to Stan Watt's Foundry, Atlas Bronze Casting. Doc was delivering a small sculpture he had created to be cast. 

After a tour of the foundry, Stan handed Kim a board to put an armature on and a lump of clay with the instructions,:"Go make something."

Kim had a pretty good idea that he just wanted her to make something so that he could then have her pay his foundry to cast it, and it turned out that's what he got. A bronze horse sculpture.

After returning to the stall barn in Bountiful, Kim walked into Vaughn's tack room with the clay and board, saying."Look what I have!" Vaughn was unimpressed looking at the formless lump of clay on a board. and said something like,"Oh, that's nice."

Kim went home to Morgan with her clay and board and immediately went to work building an armature with some small pipes from the hardware store.

Kim put the new sculpting tools she had purchased in Scottsdale to work. In a couple of days, she returned to Bountiful for a riding lesson and to get a critique from her horse trainer on the sculpture she was creating.  When she walked into the tack room this time carrying the board with a small clay reining horse and rider performing a spin attached, the reaction she got was "Whoa! Did you do that?"

It took a little talking before Vaughn was willing to give a suggestion that the rider needed to be sitting with his hips rolled under a bit more. Vaughn nearly fell on the floor when Kim grabbed the little clay cowboy, pulled him off of the horse and gave him a scrunch and placed him back on the little clay horse. "Don't ruin it!" Vaughn hollered, followed by,"Oh, yeah that's better!"

After taking the sculpture home and finishing her work on it, Kim returned to the barn, where she was able to sell a couple of sculptures pre-casting to friends so that she could afford to take the clay to the foundry and have it cast in bronze.