Nationally recognized sculptor and painter Gary Casteel, born in the hills of West Virginia, has always been fascinated with history and art. In the fourth grade, after seeing a picture of Michelangelo’s David, Gary knew that sculpting was the profession he wished to follow. From the start, he recognized that raw talent was not enough to succeed.
Before beginning his illustrious career, he apprenticed with professional sculptors from the US and Europe, most notably the Pucci's, a celebrated family of marble carvers from Florence, Italy. With a keen sense of military history, and a rare talent for producing pieces in the Renaissance flavor, many of Mr. Casteel's works have been chosen for inclusion in the collections of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Library and the National Park Service.
Best known for his equestrian monument honoring General James Longstreet at Gettysburg National Military Park, he continues to produce fine art bronze figures and memorials, the one of the latest being the Kentucky State Memorial, featuring the figures of Presidents Davis and Lincoln, for the Vicksburg National Military Park.
In the year 2000, Gary Casteel was honored by the National Civil War Memorial Commission with an invitation to design and sculpt a fitting memorial to honor those events and individuals, civilian and military, during the War Between the States. Gary is currently working with a board of nationally recognized historians in determining the overall design content.
Gary continues to receive noted commissions and works with five different national battlefield parks in creating and marketing replicas of the monuments on the battlefields, in an effort to raise funds for preservation of our nation's treasures, the veterans' monuments. Gary’s work has become highly regarded and requested by state and local governments, corporations, and private enterprises.
He strives toward maintaining and preserving the American past in sculpture. The commissioning of sculptural work, whether it’s a monument, memorial, fund raising item or individual fine art piece, should be a labor of love and dedication with an experience to be remembered throughout a lifetime. Gary welcomes private commissions and invites you to contact his studio concerning your artistic needs.