André Harvey, a sculptor of the natural world who grew up in Pocopson and whose work is displayed at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, has died at the age of 76, writes Richard Sandomir for The New York Times.
Harvey turned to sculpting in 1969 after realizing his teaching and writing career would not keep him happy. He found his calling in France, where he convinced the owner of a local gallery to teach him welding. Also, along with the help of his wife Bobbie, he started making pottery.
Harvey continued his education after returning to the U.S., learning mold-making while working for noted sculptor Charles Parks in Delaware. Before long, Harvey became a master sculptor of realistic bronze figurines focused on natural-world subjects.
These have been purchased by several famous people, including Henry Fonda and Danielle Steel.
“What defines his work is that it is not only attentive to the forms of the natural world, but all his subjects seem to be alive,” said David Cole, executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington.
Read more about André Harvey in The New York Times here.