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Quest for the West Artist John Fawcett

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 11, 2015

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist John Fawcett.

 Fawcett 2015 (2)

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

ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett pursued a career in veterinary medicine. The desire to paint was always there and, in 1996, after practicing for 20 years, he sold his hospital so that he could 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 fluidness 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.”

Fawcett_A_Spoonful_Of_Sugar

A Spoon Full of Sugar
2015, oil, 20 x 24 inches
Early settlers and homesteaders were eager to trade with the Plains tribes to obtain furs and buffalo hides, as well as to keep peace and offer unfamiliar goods that the Indians came to rely on and crave. Although the tribes were used to tea and coffee made from plants, the white man’s coffee was stronger and adding sugar to sweeten it pleased all.
 
Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
2010    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
2009    Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
2006    Cheyenne Frontier Days Show, Museum Purchase Award
2006    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
1997    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
1996    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

Memberships:
Honorary Lifetime Artist Member M.O. Club, Tucson, Arizona
Signature Member American Association of Equine Artists

Gallery Representation:
Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
The Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
www.johnfawcettstudio.com

WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?

Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

•  WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE:
  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

•  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE:
$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

•  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)

For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend. 

Quest of the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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