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Quest for the West artist Robert Griffing

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians 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 Robert Griffing.

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

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 30 years as a commercial artist, which had 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 18th 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 support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

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The Finger Weaver
2015, oil on linen, 40 x 50 inches

The inspiration for the painting came from an incident in a letter written by Miss Anne Powell at Ft. Niagara as she toured the Great Lakes in 1785. She wrote of a young Native woman, “weaving a sort of worsted garment intermixed with beads. I suppose she was a lady of distinction, for her ears were bored in four different places, with ear rings in them all. She would not speak English, but seemed to understand what we said to her.”

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 National Center, Masters of the American West, Purchase Award
2006    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Painting Award

Publications:
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
 

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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