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Quest for the West artist Greg Kelsey

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art | Aug 19, 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 Greg Kelsey.

 Kelsey 2015
Greg Kelsey
Born 1971, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; lives in Ignacio, Colorado

AN HONEST LOOK at Greg Kelsey’s sculpture reveals his intensity for both form and subject. No matter the subject, it is his belief that form is the most significant thing about a sculpture. Kelsey states, “It is a powerful combination when form and subject are both meaningful.”

As a self-taught artist, Kelsey is a consummate student of the behavior of light on surface. He feels the mastery of different textures gives a piece life and aids the viewer in noticing what is supposed to be noticed. The form has to own its own space and command attention, whereas the detail should draw the focus of the eye while stressing power, gesture, or movement.  

Kelsey feels his subjects have already told a story through mood, texture, and line that he, as the artist, must recognize, acknowledge, and retell.Kelsey_Sundance_and_the_Wild_Bunch_Hit_the_Union_Pacific

Sundance and the Wild Bunch Hit the Union Pacific
2015, bronze, edition of 25, 15 x 14 x 24 1/2 inches

I live in one of the old stomping grounds of the Wild Bunch.  Unsigned bank notes from the Wilcox holdup appeared in Monticello, Utah and in Durango, Mancos and Cortez, Colorado. Scenes from the Hollywood movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, depicting this infamous holdup, were filmed around here.  This historical tale resonated with me, it is a dynamic story that was perfect material for a sculpture.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Inducted as an inaugural member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists
2012    Briscoe Museum, Night of Artists, Committee’s Choice Award
2011    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Prize
2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2010    Created sculpture for Charlie Russell Heritage Award for the C.M. Russell Museum
2009    Elected as Sculptor Member of National Sculpture Society
2009    Phippen Fine Art Show, First Place Sculpture
2008    Bosque Art Classic, Gold Medal Sculpture & Jones Purchase Awards
2007    C. M. Russell Art Show & Auction, People’s Choice—Sculpture Award
2003    Night of the Artists, San Antonio, Texas, Best Sculpture Award
2001    C. M. Russell Art Show & Auction, Artists’ Choice Award

Gallery Representation:
Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, Colorado
www.gregkelsey.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.

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