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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

DOUGLAS COLLIER COVERT WAS BORN IN BILLINGS MONTANA AND WAS RAISED IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA.  LIVING IN OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE IN THE EARLY SIXTIES DOUG WAS EXPOSED TO ALL OF THE ART AND ARTISTS OF THE FIFTH AVENUE AND OLD TOWN GALLERIES.   IN A HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ART COMPETITION HELD BY SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE DOUG WON A GOLD KEY AND HONORABLE MENTION FOR A SCREEN PRINT.  THE EXHIBIT WAS DISPLAYED IN NEW YORK.  AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE GOT A JOB THROUGH ARTIST MICHAEL McCLEVE AT DAYTON STEEL AND IRON FOUNDRY FOR TWO YEARS LEARNING THE FOUNDRY TRADE. HE WORKED AS A FURNACE TENDER MELTING 1,000 POUNDS OF IRON AT A TIME.  FOR THE NEXT YEAR DOUGLAS TOOK 0N NUMEROUS CONSTRUCTION JOBS ALL OVER THE SOUTHWEST.  THE NEXT STOP WAS NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY MAJORING IN ART.   AFTER TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE DOUGLAS DECIDED COLLEGE LIFE WAS NOT FOR HIM.  BECAUSE OF HIS FOUNDRY EXPERIENCE, DOUG WENT TO WORK AT THE COSANTI FOUNDATION-BRONZE, BRASS, AND ALUMINUM FOUNDRY-CERAMIC STUDIO- HOME AND STUDIO 0F VISIONARY ARCHITECT PAOLO SOLERI.  DOUG LIVED AT COSANTI AS ARTISAN IN RESIDENCE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.  SOLERI WAS WORKING ON ARCOSANTI AT THE TIME DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING A FOUNDRY.  DOUG WORKED WITH ROGER TOMALTY, SOLERI'S ENGINEER FOR THE BEST LAYOUT OF WORK AREAS FOR THE NEW FOUNDRY.   AFTER PAOLO FINISHED THE STRUCTURE, DOUGS NEXT TASK WAS THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF ALL THE MACHINERY AND TOOLS TO START PRODUCTION OF THE WORLD FAMOUS SAND CAST BRONZE WIND BELLS AND SCULPTURES.  DOUG OVERSAW THE FOUNDRY WORK AT BOTH COSANTI AND ARCOSANTI FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.  DURING HIS TIME AT COSANTI DOUG MET JOHN C HILL WHO WAS TRAVELING ALL OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN INDIAN RESERVATIONS COLLECTING MUSEUM QUALITY PAWN JEWELRY.  DOUG MADE SEVERAL TRIPS WITH JOHN IN THE EARLY 70'S TO SANTA FE AND TRADING POSTS ALL OVER ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO.   DOUG LATER STARTED A SERVICE BUSINESS WITH HIS BROTHER, MAC.  DURING THIS TIME AFTER MUCH THOUGHT ABOUT HIS SOUTHWESTERN INFLUENCES AND EXPERIENCE IN METAL CASTING AND ART DOUGLAS BEGAN SCULPTING IN THE ANCIENT ART OF LOST WAX BRONZE CASTING.  DOUG'S GOAL IS TO RECAPTURE THE IMAGES AND TEXTURE OF THE PRIMITIVE AND MODERN SOUTHWEST.

CONTACT INFORMATION

DOUG OF BOOTHILL BRONZE WORKS STARTED PRODUCING "LOST WAX" ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART FOR PAOLO SOLERI' FROM HIS ARTIST'S PROOFS IN 2007. THE ORIGINAL ARTIST'S PROOFS WERE DONE IN "LOST STYROFOAM CASTING" BY SOLERI. THE ARTTISTS PROOFS RANGE IN DATE FROM 1956, TO PRESENT TIME. THIS VIDEO SHOWS SCULPTURES BY PAOLO SOLERI. DOUG COVERT OF BOOTHILL BRONZE WORKS DID THE CASTINGS SEEN IN THE VIDEO. THESE CASTINGS ARE SIGNED ORIGINAL PIECES BY PAOLO SOLERI. THIS VIDEO WAS FILMED BY AIMEE MADSEN