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David Manuel

Birth place or City of origin: Walla Walla
State of origin: WA
Last known City: Logan
Last known State: UT
Start/Birth date: 1940 or 1948
Death/End date:

David Manuel, born of Italian descent, was raised in Walla Walla, Washington. He is one of the few Authorized Sculptors for Wayne Enterprises, which reflects his continued homage to the “Duke.” One of his monuments was previously on display in the founder's wing at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK and is now placed at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. A smaller replica of this bronze has found its home at the White House in Washington, D.C.


Native Americans populate the canvases painted by David Mann with images of daily life. These are people of the plains, the horse and tipi cultures of the nineteenth century. Since childhood, Mann has been inspired by illustrations in books and magazines. As a young missionary for the Mormon Church he gained perspective, living with Apache, Pima, Papago, Pueblo and Navajo people. He earned an art degree at Weber State University and worked as a librarian. Mann researches his subjects to create a sense of reality in dress and equipment. He endeavors to convey an “uplifting” sense of dignity.

Exhibitions: Autry National Center Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale; the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and; the Western Visions Miniature Show in Jackson, Wyoming.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


A unifying thread of focus throughout David Mann's life has been his interest in Indians, horses and art. As a child, he collected books illustrated by Will James, Paul Brown and Wesley Dennis and whatever Remington and Russell prints he could find. Later , he studied the history and culture of the western Indian tribes and had the opportunity to live among the San Carlos Apache, Navajo and Pueblo tribes, where he experienced firsthand the stories, dignity and cultural magic of the Indian life. Using Indian people as models, Mann seeks to capture that personal "moment of truth" in his paintings, paying careful attention to the details of clothing, saddles and jewelry.

Mann has been an annual participant in the Atermnann Galleries and Auctioneers' sales and auctions. He enjoys participating in the Western Visions Miniatures Show and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlfe Art in Jackson, Wyoming: the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles: the Quest for the West Art Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana and Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been featured in Art of the West, Art-Talk, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector magazines.

David Mann is represented by Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (

David Manuel was raised in Walla Walla, Washington, beginning his career in art at a very early age. The world of bronzes have been very good to David. In the 1980s he had the honor of many commissions, among these three monuments of JOHN WAYNE. This gained him the title of "Authorized Sculptor" for Wayne Enterprises. Later in the '80s, David was chosen the Official Sculptor for the "UNITED STATES MARSHALS BICENTENNIAL." This monument previously on display in the founder's wing at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, is now placed at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C

David Manuel's career has grown rapidly, with his paintings valued as high as $20,000.00 and into the three dimensional art world. Much of David's success is attributed to having his own museum, where he is able to spend hours in research. The "Nez Perce Crossing" Museum is where the authenticity for which he is so respected originates.

. A smaller replica of this bronze has found its home at the White House in Washington D.C.

In 1992, David and his wife Lee were honored with a request from the office of the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council, Oregon Trail Celebration '93. Among many honors this included a monument designed by the artist. This assignment also held the title of "The Official Sculptor for the Oregon Trail." The political uprising from this statue gained national recognition and respect for the artist who was proud to portray historical accuracy in place of political correctness; David's faith proved to be beneficial and met approval by many. In the year 2002, David sculpted what may be recognized as the most complete depiciton of Lewis and Clark.

In 2005 "The Bronze Valley" in Northeastern Oregon expanded into La Grande. Hot Lake Springs, rich in the Native American and Pioneer history. Could it be that the final home of Manuel History and Bronze has been found?

One will need to be alert to say the least, to keep up with "what's happening" with this, accomplished, and still accomplishing artist. The Manuel Museum now located at Hot Lake Springs, houses an array of artifacts which compliment and play a major in David's artistic talent.


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