This is an incredible original work of art woodcarving by the America's Premier Aquatic Sculptor, Powell Swanser, a Milltown, Montana artist who has produced the most impressive and life-like fish sculptures available. This piece is titled on the brass plaque; "Hell Bent For Freedom", Powell Swanser, and is #3" of a limited edition. Some of Swanser's sculptures sell for as much as $12,000. A similar example to ours is currently listed elsewhere for $6,999. The piece features a 24" Brook Trout, getting away with a hook still in his mouth. The sculpture also has a velvet covered plaque base that is removable. Overall it measures 25.5" high x 23.5" wide x 17.5" deep and weighs approximately 30 lbs. It is in excellent condition with no flaws that we can detect. Our price of $3,250 is quite a bargain, to say the least.
The following is a wonderful statement by Mr. Swanser himself about this carving:
" Tedious hours of waiting has filled the cold air with tension. Discovered weeks before, the wary 24" brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), dressed in regal spawning attire has turned all attempts to catch him into failure and frustration. Autumn leaves, like tiny helpless boats, float across the long beaver pond. A telltale ripple spreads across the water, the fly line shoots forward and drops the fly between the leaves. The heart pounds, seconds seem like minutes. Suddenly there's a bulge, just under the surface. The leader tightens as the rod snaps back. The hook is set and the beaver pond explodes. With the warrior in the wind, head shaking wildly, there's just too much raw power on the terminal end. There will be no prisoners taken today, this wild brookie is... "Hell Bent For Freedom". " A typical piece can take Powell up to 300 hours to carve to completion.
Swanser sculpted a rainbow trout for President George W. Bush entitled “Sometimes God Paints the Sky with Rainbows”. In honor of each state in the union, a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered sculptures, each one a mirror image of the original, was offered on a first come, first serve basis at a price of $8,000.
His art is listed in the state capital among the “Ten Most Important Works” of Montana’s living artists.
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