Art on the Corner: “Clifford Duncan”

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Cliffor

SCULPTURE: “Clifford Duncan” is in front of Wells Fargo Bank, on the south side of the 300 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Karen Jobe Templeton lives in Helper, Utah,

DESCRIPTION: The highly detailed bronze bust features a man wearing a subtle smile. Nicks and notches in the surface of the sculpture provide texture and detail.

INSPIRATION: Clifford Duncan is a Native American, a White River Uncompahgre Ute, Templeton said.

“He was a friend of a friend. I had this idea of doing a series of Native American portraits and he recommended Clifford. We hit it off,” she said.

“He has a dry wit, and that face that shows it. He’s a remarkable spirit,” she said of the man who is “somewhere in his 60s” and lives near Vernal, Utah.

The sculpture was done several years ago.

“That was the fastest portrait I’ve ever done. They can take up to six months — I did it in one day. He came in early and we were done by the end of the day — he sat all day,” she said.

PAST ENTRIES: Previous sculptures Templeton has had in the Art on the Corner exhibit are “The Storyteller” (in the permanent collection) and “The White Lady” and “Ledges,” all inspired by petroglyphs.

Templeton created a monument for the six miners and three rescuers killed in Crandall Canyon Mine in 2007. Nine portraits comprise the 16-foot memorial in Huntington, Utah.

Go to to learn about this year’s Art on the Corner exhibit and vote for the 2011 People’s Choice Awards.


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