“The Patriarch”

by: Gene & Rebecca Tobey


The Patriarch, sculpted just before his death, was Gene’s last buffalo sculpture. Art critics have noted that his buffalo sculptures, by reducing the animal to just its essence, epitomized the Tobey style.

…The bronze was completed and ready for patina in late February 2006, a month after Gene’s death. I chose a patina that looks like stone in a deep chocolate over black. The piece stands on a dark brown-black steel base.

When he died, Gene had yet to title the piece. I chose The Patriarch because Gene was the patriarch of our family, as well as a respected seer of the buffalo’s soul.”


– Rebecca Tobey – Excerpt from “Partners in Art”

Availability: Call to Order (928) 282-1125
Medium: Bronze
Edition Type: Limited
Edition Size: 8
Dimensions: 96"H 52"W 83"D
Style: Southwestern
Subject: Wildlife