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Quest for the West artist John Buxton

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

Buxton 2015
John Buxton

Born 1939 in Oxford, North Carolina; lives in Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Beneath the Eagle Nest
2016, oil, 20 x 20 inches

Native Americans revered all birds of prey, but accorded eagles, especially the golden eagle, the highest of honors. This eagle was to them a sacred bird and a symbol of great power. Some Native groups would join two eagle wings together to form a large fan, which they used during rituals of singing, dancing, and chanting, fanning the air in great spirited swoops. Some carried a pouch of sealskin containing the eagle’s downy tail feathers and slept amid a circle of these feathers for protection. At times, they might taunt an enemy by holding up a fist full of eagle feathers as a sign of great power.


DURING HIS CHILDHOOD in North Carolina, Buxton explored the woods near his home whenever he could. When bad weather kept him indoors, he drew all day. His love of art grew into a determination to become an artist, leading him to earn a Bachelor of Professional Arts from the Art Center College of Design in California. He became a respected illustrator, winning many awards during his thirty-one-year career. Among his most memorable clients was the National Geographic Society; he was greatly influenced by their insistence on complete accuracy—it struck a chord.

After moving to the woodland hills of western Pennsylvania, Buxton became interested in the events that had shaped the region’s history. He researched the area’s historical events, attending historical reenactments and meeting historians. By the 1990s, he had found his calling: a life completely absorbed in eighteenth-century lore.

Buxton’s carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous historical documentary films and are displayed at many museums and historical sites.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2015       Art Renewal Center, 2014-2015 International ARC Salon, Western Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence
2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2005       The Artist’s Magazine, portrait selected for December cover
2005       The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, First Place Portrait Award
1997       Art in the Mountains, People’s Choice Award for Best Miniature Painting

Gallery Representation

Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
buxtonart.com

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