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  • Quest for the West artist Logan Maxwell Hagege

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 27, 2016
    Hagege 2016

    Logan Maxwell Hagege


    Born 1980 in Los Angeles, California; lives in Los Angeles, California

    Paradise
    2016, oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches

    My artwork reflects the world that I see, in my own way. In my mind, the greatest artists in history have shown us a different way to see the world, a chance to look through their eyes. I try my best to live up to the high standards that the great artists who came before me have set. This is a lifelong task that I am happy to take on.


    TRADITIONALLY TRAINED in a local Los Angeles classic atelier program, Logan Maxwell Hagege’s interests and ability in fine art were evident from the beginning. His studies involved spending more than six hours per day drawing and painting live models. While at the atelier program, Hagege also studied privately with Steve Huston and Joseph Mendez.

    Inspiration for his subjects began at an early age when he would visit his grandmother, who lived in the California desert, as well as during his extensive travels and extended stays in various landscapes in the American Southwest. Hagege’s subjects are contemporary American Indians living in the Southwest as well as modern landscapes that are timeless in life and in his works. Hagege’s evolution from landscape to figure, and now a combination of both, formed a natural progression in his art. He continues to push his art to its limits in his own unique style. One idea that drives his work is that evolution in art is never ending. He is constantly challenging himself with new ideas and new ways of looking at the same subject.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2016       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award
    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2014       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Gene Autry Memorial Award
    2013       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Montgomery Frames Award
    2013       Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

    Gallery Representation

    Acosta-Strong Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City, California
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona





  • Quest for the West artist Robert Griffing

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 26, 2016

    Griffing 2016

    Robert Griffing

    Born 1940 in Linesville, Pennsylvania; lives in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania



    The Newcomers

    2016, oil on linen, 36 x 30 inches

    When white settlers began to migrate into the Ohio country, the Ohio River became a primary artery for travel. Since the Ohio was wider and generally more navigable than most Eastern rivers, canoes and bateaux were soon replaced by larger and more stable flatboats. As more and more newcomers penetrate Indian Territory, Shawnee warriors watch and wonder at the implications this has for their rapidly fading way of life.


    GROWING UP IN HISTORY-RICH western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led to his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore. Following thirty years as a commercial artist, which refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the eighteenth century who had intrigued him as a youth.

    Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participating in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow re-enactors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has the support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2008       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2008       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Masters of the American West Purchase Award
    2006       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Painting

    Publications

    2007       The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing: The Journey Continues, by Timothy J. Todish, Paramount Press
    2003       The Art of Robert Griffing: His Journey Into the Eastern Frontier, Paramount Press
    2000       The Art of Robert Griffing, by George Irvin, East/West Visions

    Gallery Representation

    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona





  • Quest for the West artist Veryl Goodnight

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 19, 2016

    Goodnight 2015

    Veryl Goodnight

    Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado



    Northwoods Journey

    2016, oil, 18 x 24 inches

    Sled dogs and their drivers have played major roles in the history of America for more than 12,000 years, from the Arctic to as far south as the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The Inuit could not have survived the harsh Arctic climate without their dogs, and they recognized this by considering them not as animals but nearer to human beings. Sled dogs first pulled mail in 1778 near Lake Superior, and the last mail was delivered in 1963—almost 200 years later. Very few people know these stories.



    WORKING FROM LIFE
    is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work and her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse, and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion.

    From her acreage in southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery, residents, and animals in the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought-after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. In April of 2011, Goodnight was honored with a forty-year retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back From the Brink, an over-life-size sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle-raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas, in October 2012.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2011       Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
    2011       Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibition
    2007       Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
    2005       The Bronc, monument placed at the Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
    2002       No Turning Back, monument placed at the University of Nebraska
    1997       The Day the Wall Came Down, 25%-over-life-size sculpture of five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to freedom; placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library

    Memberships

    National Sculpture Society, Fellow
    Northwest Rendezvous
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Medicine Man Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas
    verylgoodnight.com





  • Quest for the West artist John Fawcett

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 08, 2016

    Fawcett 2016

    John Fawcett

    Born 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado

    Blessing the Bonnet Case
    2016, oil, 24 x 36 inches

    The feathered war bonnet, common to the Plains tribes, was a headdress of great distinction worn only by deserving warriors whose bravery and exploits in battle were worthy. Each feather represented a particular coup performed by the brave, most often wing feathers from golden eagles with horsehair strands attached to the tips. Here, the tribal elder blesses the bonnet case used to hold the prized possession when not in use and protect it from harm.


    ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett initially pursued a career in veterinary medicine. However, the desire to paint was always there, so in 1996, after practicing for twenty years, he sold his hospital and began to paint full-time.

    A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidity with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

    Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    2010       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    2009       Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
    2006       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Museum Purchase Award
    2006       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    1997       National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
    1996       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

    Memberships

    American Association of Equine Artists, Signature Member
    Mountain Oyster Club, Honorary Lifetime Artist Member

    Gallery Representation

    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    johnfawcettstudio.com





  • Quest for the West artist Tony Eubanks

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 06, 2016

    Eubanks 2016
    Tony Eubanks

    Born 1939 in Dallas, Texas; lives in Clifton, Texas



    The Remuda

    2016, watercolor, 15 x 29 inches

    Horses have always been important to the American culture. They were of vital importance to the existence of Native peoples, and they remain important today for other reasons. They’re still used on Western ranches, in sporting events, and for pleasure by tens of thousands of people. A pasture with grazing horses can be both beautiful to see as well as calming to one’s spirit. The horses in this painting are actually a herd of protected ponies near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


    EVEN THOUGH his artistic gift was apparent while he was a young child, Tony Eubanks had not planned a career in art until a chance encounter with an art class while he was a student at Texas Tech University led him to change direction. After observing the class, it occurred to him that he, too, could make art. Abruptly abandoning his plans to become a rancher, he began to take art classes, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in illustration at North Texas University, followed by post-graduate studies at the Los Angeles Art Center.

    His early career was spent doing illustrations out of New York. Eubanks has done work for Time Magazine and National Geographic, and many other publications. Since the late 1970s, he has worked exclusively as a fine artist who prefers to paint diverse subjects, finding that variety helps hold his interest and keeps him “fresh.” He speculates that he is attracted to new themes “in the same way an actor is attracted to new roles.” Working primarily in oil, he shows his artwork in various galleries and shows. He is an active participant in the Western Rendezvous of Art, and along with Quest for the West, he also exhibits at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City. Subjects for Eubanks’s paintings include landscapes, figures, cowboys, and Indians.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    Copley Society of Art, Award of Merit
    Salmagundi Club, Annual Members’ Exhibition, Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award and Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award

    Select Publications

    American Artist
    Art of the Rockies
    Art of the West

    Southwest Art
    Western Art Collector

    Memberships

    Northwest Rendezvous Group
    tonyeubanks.com

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