Spirit of America


Harold Shelton, born 1918, was an acclaimed American artist known for his oil paintings, but it was Shelton’s bronzes depicting the American West that truly impressed. This bronze titled “Spirit of America” was also donated by Union Bank and is a very limited edition by The National Heritage Collectors Society now known as Great American Bronze Works, Inc. This majestic bronze of an American eagle alighting on an oaken branch displaying its great strength and pride is a great example of his work. Harold operated an art gallery at Carmel by the Sea for many years and was an accomplished sculptor of the Old West and Native American Indians. His bronzes of Indian Chiefs and Medicine Man sold in Beverly Hills galleries to many noted actors and celebrities. Harold attended the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in art. From Colorado, he journeyed to Minneapolis where he attended the Minneapolis Art Institute. Also studied at the Walker Art Center and Art Center School in Los Angeles, all highly acclaimed schools of art and we are pleased to have this piece in our collection.