Studio West Bronze Foundry & Gallery was founded in Cochrane in 1970 and has been home to internationally-renowned sculptors and artists.
Studio West’s bronze monuments, more than 100, have been featured on CTV, numerous publications, and enjoyed the world over. To view our artwork and bronze pieces, please call us today to schedule a free tour!
Don Begg first studied bronze casting and sculpture in Alberta and California, followed by specialized training in monumental sculpture in New Jersey and New York. World-renowned for his public monuments and sculptures, Don Begg has been sculpting at Studio West since its founding in 1970. In addition to being popular public art attractions and winning numerous public art commissions and awards, his works can be seen throughout Canada, United States, Germany, and France
Karen Begg has worked in virtually every aspect of the bronze foundry and gallery business, including designer and artist, sculptor, mold making, artist liaison, office manager, customer relations, job costing and bidding, project management, bronze casting and finishing processes and patina.
Karen is the go-to for sculpting materials, molds and casting. Constantly willing to learn and expand, Karen continues to gain knowledge and skill. She recently began working in maintenance, conservation and care of outdoor public sculpture for clients such as the City of Calgary, Public Art Department and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Rodeo Committee.
When not working in the studio or foundry, Karen guides tours through the Studio West Gallery demonstrating for visitors the fascinating lost-wax process of creating a sculpture from the artist rendering to bronze masterpiece, outlining the steps of lost-wax method of casting to visitors to the gallery. She is always welcoming visitors to Studio West Studio, Gallery and Foundry.
Doug Stephens (1918-1972)
Doug Stephens is affectionately known as “Calgary’s original Cowboy Artist,” although his life was short on time, it was not in experience. Doug became the youngest bull rider on the professional circuit. After World War II broke out, he used his brother’s Grade 8 ID to serve his country as a Flying Officer. His veteran’s pension would be used towards studies at Pasadena’s famous Art Centre School of Design, where he received instruction from Norman Rockwell.