The Land Report

2019 TX

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horses. Very loose, unlike anything I had done before. Sidni asked, 'Do you know what day this is?' I hadn't thought about it, but it was the anniversary of my father's death. And I was the same age as he was when he died." Some of his collectors were dismayed by the stylistic change, but T.D. stuck to his guns. e piece went unsold for more than a year. It eventually sold, and then the entire edition got snapped up in a couple of months. "I've been trying to be more impressionistic ever since. When I safety up because of a tight deadline, my work gets tighter, more detailed, and I don't get those butterflies in my stomach like I do when I walk into the studio to start a looser work," he says. Company and the Western artist became fast friends as well as globetrot- ting cycling partners. Allen himself and Allen & Company have since become the largest collectors of T.D.'s sculptures. "I'm no artist, but I know what I like. I immediately found T.D.'s work appeal- ing," Allen says. roughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, T.D.'s work grew more impres- sionistic. "Looser" is the term he uses. e initial change began one day when he walked into his Colorado studio and began to work obsessively. Sidni came in to bring him food and coffee. "When I came out of there, I had a fin- ished sculpture," he says. "A pickup rider, and another guy, both on emaciated T.D. studied African elephants in their native habitat for 27 years before sculpting His Team, which features an old bull elephant alongside two younger, subordinate males. His many trips to the Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe inspired dozens of works featuring Cape buffaloes, kudus, lions, sables, warthogs, and other African game. In 1989, Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum honored T.D. as its Rendezvous Sculp- tor of the Year. A one-man exhibition followed. He was now a true force in contemporary Western sculpture. In the 1990s, T.D. met Herbert Allen Jr. at the Will Rogers Arena in Fort Worth. e president of Allen & THE BIG TIME Sidni and T.D. Kelsey flank John Brittingham at the 1985 dedication of Texas Gold at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Lookin' for a Soft Spot 65 L ANDREP ORT.COM TEX AS 20 19 | e LandReport

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