17 3/4” Signed Original Vintage Late 1950s/Early 1960s Modern Midcentury Figurative Brutalist Cut, Formed & Welded Steel Sculpture Created by Emmaus, Pennsylvania Artist Harold Monk (1936-2014) Displaying Full-Body Standing Horse w/ Front Leg Raised! - image 1 of 16

HERE’S AN OUTSTANDING 17 3/4” SIGNED ORIGINAL VINTAGE LATE 1950S / EARLY 1960S MODERN MIDCENTURY FIGURATIVE BRUTALIST CUT, FORMED, AND WELDED STEEL SCULPTURE CREATED BY EMMAUS, PENNSYLVANIA ARTIST HAROLD H. MONK JR. (1936-2014) THAT DISPLAYS A FULL-FIGURED STANDING “HORSE” WITH ITS FRONT RIGHT LEG RAISED!

Dimensions: This horse sculpture measures approximately seventeen and three quarters inches (17 3/4") in height, ten and one quarter inches (10 ¼”) in width at its widest point from the horse’s muzzle to the backside of its tail, by three and one quarter inches (3 ¼”) in depth at its deepest point.

Signature: Signed with a hand-stamped signature along the top outside rim of the base “MONK”

Condition: Very good toward excellent and clean condition with mild age-related surface rust and some wear to the green felt lining on the underside bottom. But overall, still a beauty!

Please scroll down to read the artist’s biography about Harold Monk.

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(the following information, which was written approximately one year before the artist’s death, is courtesy the website for Copper Development Association Inc.)

December 2013

Harold Monk: Sculptor of Sophisticated Metal Art

By Nancy Ballou

In the 1960s, while working in the science department at Bethlehem Steel, Harold Monk learned how to weld old barn nails to wall pieces in a criss-cross manner. He had access to torches, electricity and a huge variety of tools. "I visited art shows, museums, exhibitions and thought, 'I could do that'. After designing at my job for more than 3 years, I finally quit and began working at home. Listening to music and sitting back comfortably, I let the visual images flow. When something made me feel good, I thought it might make other people feel good, too. Then, I'd decide how to create it out of metal so that my art could become a level of communication."

He devised a form of wall sculptures that are both sophisticated and complex. According to Monk, "All beauty is mathematically correct. A canyon is beautiful because the wind cuts it. I consider the mathematics of the piece and what will make the entire image work before I begin the actual metal composition. I know just what I have to do and what size I have to make it. The preparation is much more time consuming than the actual construction."

Monk works in copper, brass and chrome-plated steel. "Copper is easiest to work with and the colors are wonderful. I've purchased large sheets of metal from Apollo Steel, but I prefer to get my solid copper from scrap yards. Old roofing is perfect. An owner of one local scrap yard once said to me that I was a junk man's junk man."

First, Monk cuts out thousands of small pieces from sheet metal. "I use an all brass rolling rod for each tiny piece and work from the center outward. The circles of copper and chrome get bigger like rings of teeth. A melted rim of copper is dripped around the edges and elevates them to create a natural bowl. Then I turn the wall sculpture over and use a rubber mallet to hammer out to the beading so it takes on a convex shape. The copper has a rainbow-color effect. When the metal gets hot enough I angle my acetylene torch across it, sort of like painting with a torch instead of a brush."

Monk's pieces can be found worldwide in locations such as Denmark, China, Tokyo and beyond. His wire figure of a player was made for the Jai Alai Palace in Florida. He sculpted the brass eagle symbol for Harley Davidson with each feather cut out individually. One of his nail creations went to the Cedar Crest College science building in Allentown, PA. More of his artwork can be seen at the Rodale Visitor's Center in Emmaus, PA.

(the following information is courtesy the website for Legacy)

HAROLD MONK OBITUARY

Monk, Jr., Harold H.Harold H. Monk, Jr, 78, of Emmaus, died on December 13, 2014. Born in Allentown he was the son of the late Harold H., Sr. and Evelyn (Rabenold) Monk. He was an artist creating metal sculptures and taught martial arts. Survivors: Sons, Harold H., III of Easton, Svend R. of Emmaus, and Erik F Monk and his wife Tracy of Allentown; Brother, Robert; Sisters, Sandy, Sally and Susan; 4 Grandchildren; and 2 Great-Grandsons. Services: Private. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm St. Emmaus, PA. Contributions: May be made to the funeral home to assist the family, 18049.

MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Sponsored by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, P.C. - Emmaus.

Harold and I grew up together in West Allentown. We were good friends until our 20's when our work caused us to lose contact with each other. By that time he was already "into" metal sculptures and martial arts. I remember his children when they were babies. May he rest in peace. Franklin Billera December 16, 2014

ITEM ID
1166
COLOR
Black, Brown, Gray
GENRE
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
MEDIA
Metal
STYLE
Modern, Modern Art
THEME
Animal, Industrial Chic, Mid-Century Modern, Modern, Rustic Chic, Western
ORIGIN
United States • American
AGE
Mid 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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17 3/4” Signed Original Vintage Late 1950s/Early 1960s Modern Midcentury Figurative Brutalist Cut, Formed & Welded Steel Sculpture Created by Emmaus, Pennsylvania Artist Harold Monk (1936-2014) Displaying Full-Body Standing Horse w/ Front Leg Raised!

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