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Quest for the West artist Blair Buswell

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 18, 2016

Buswell 2016
Blair Buswell

Born 1956 in Ogden, Utah; lives in Alpine, Utah


Sentinel
2016, bronze, edition of 22, 27 x 23 x 10 inches

This Plains Indian stands as a sentinel, watching from the high ground. Mounted on his trusted pony, overlooking the valley below for game or intruders, he is ready to take action. This is the scale model for the first of the Native American pieces that I will be adding to our wagon train project in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.


BLAIR BUSWELL HAS ALWAYS been fascinated with the human figure. He likes the challenge of capturing the gesture, mood, and expression of a person in thought, which brings a sense of life to his work. Buswell has also studied the skilled athlete in action and has used his artistic talents to sculpt famous sports figures of our day. He is also well known for his portraiture, and since 1983 has sculpted more than eighty busts of the inductees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buswell enjoys sculpting a wide variety of subject matter in a range of sizes. His pieces are displayed in museums, private collections, college campuses, sports complexes, and fine art galleries nationwide.

His traditional training has prepared him well, and he continues to push himself to learn new skills and techniques. The largest and most challenging project of his career was completed in 2009. In a collaborative effort, he and fellow sculptors Ed Fraughton and Kent Ullberg have produced larger-than-life-size works for downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Buswell accepted this new and daunting task as yet another opportunity to broaden his skills. Along with his figurative work, he has now sculpted mules, oxen, horses, and other animals. He loves the Old West and is excited to have had the opportunity to permanently capture its spirit as exemplified by the early pioneers.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2007       Northwest Rendezvous, People’s Choice Award
2004       Northwest Rendezvous, People’s Choice Award
2003       Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous, Featured Artist
2003       Northwest Rendezvous, Award of Merit (Artist’s Choice Award)
2002       Northwest Rendezvous, People’s Choice Award
1997       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Bennett Prize

Memberships

National Sculpture Society
Northwest Rendezvous Group

Gallery Representation

Breckenridge Gallery, Breckenridge, Colorado
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Red Piano Gallery, Hilton Head, North Carolina
Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

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