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Since the introduction of the limited edition bronze sculptures by D.E. McDermott in 1986, he has received extraordinary attention and his sculptures have been included in collections throughout the world. Working with figurative themes, simplicity of design, and an elegant presentation, his sculptures invite the viewer’s eyes to return again and again.Using the highest quality bronze casting techniques available, he hand polishes the surface to a mirror finish. On many pieces he contrasts mirror-polished areas with colorful innovative patinas. Dan McDermott was born and raised in New York.
Among his earliest artistic influences was his personal contact with the great animal sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. Prominent among his formal studies was his work with California sculptor and teacher, Richard Miller. McDermott lived in Spain where he maintained a studio for several years.
His large sculpture, Youth, was commissioned in the city of Valencia for its Exposition. The artistic centerpiece of Central DuPage Hospital’s new $35 million Women and Children’s Pavilion is an 8-foot-tall statue of a woman swinging a child. It’s the first piece by Virginia sculptor D.E. McDermott to be displayed in Illinois. It’s also the first statue of this size that McDermott has ever attempted, a fact that made some hospital administrators a little uneasy. “I’m sure glad for his sake he didn’t tell us this before the unveiling, because it may not have happened,” said Larry Bell, director of facility services for the Winfield hospital.The statue, dubbed “Dance of Life,” greets visitors in the pavilion’s lobby. With its focus on long lines and curves and simple, telling detail, the piece aims to highlight the relationship between mother and child, McDermott said. “I would love to see this piece be 15, 20 feet high,” he said. “The size of the piece isn’t difficult. The technology exists to do it.”