Saturday, October 25, 2008

Leave it to Beaver Actor Tony Dow is now a Sculptor

Actor/Director/Producer Tony Dow first came into the spotlight in the late 1950s in the role of Wally Cleaver in the long running hit television series Leave It to Beaver. Tony Dow is now also known as a well respected sculptor, creating abstract bronze sculptures. In his artist statement, he says the following about his work: "The figures are abstract and not meant to represent reality but rather the truth of the interactions as I see and feel them. I find the wood in the hills of Topanga Canyon and each piece evolves from my subconscious. I produce limited editions of nine bronzes using the lost wax process from molds of the original burl sculpture." One of his bronze pieces is on display in the backyard garden of Barbara Billingsley, who played his mother on Leave it to Beaver.

Inside Out by Tony Dow
"Inside Out" by Tony Dow

Tony Dow has been chosen as one of three sculptors to show at the Societe Nationale Des Beaux Arts exhibition in the Louvre in Paris in December, representing the United States delegation comprised of artists from Karen Lynne Gallery.

Update, 8/3/2009: Tony Dow answers my questions about his sculptures at my latest blog post: Celebrity Artist Spotlight: Sculptor Tony Dow. You can also read about his new website.