Don Polland

(1932 - 2003 )


Born in Los Angeles, Donald Polland became a sculptor of miniature cowboys and horses at a time when large-sized works of those themes were popular.


Polland's interest in horses was aroused when, at age 15, he became a stable boy on a thoroughbred horse farm. He was a jockey for two years and also held other jobs including that of electrician, farmer, commercial artist and teacher. Polland also studied foundry work and, in 1966, began his four-to-six-inch miniature bronzes, loving the ability to hold his work in one hand.


Polland's work is to be found in the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum in Cody, Wyoming; the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; and the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana.





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