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  • Quest for the West artist Tim Cherry

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 24, 2016

    Cherry 2016

    Tim Cherry

    Born 1965 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; lives in Branson, Missouri

    Prairie Monarch
    2008, highly polished stainless steel, edition of 8, 17 x 14 x 4 inches

    Prairie Monarch has a very classical and elegant pose. The combination of this pose, my highly artistic design style, and the use of mirror-polish stainless steel creates a sculpture that is classical in nature and contemporary in composition.

    ANIMALS HAVE PERSONALITIES that make me smile, and that is what I try to convey through my work,“ says Tim Cherry of his wildlife sculptures. While he was still a teenager, a job as an outfitting guide in British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest territories provided him close contact with the moose, bears, and other animals that he now sculpts. To further explore his interest in wildlife, he studied animal anatomy with a taxidermist whose own sculpture inspired Cherry to try his hand.

    As a sculptor of animals, both wild and domesticated, Cherry has been influenced more by Art Nouveau than strict Realism, which is evident in the abstract shapes of his playful, stylized works. His sculptures’ smooth finishes lend themselves to a variety of patinas, adding interest and individuality to his creatures.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2016       City of Little Rock, Arkansas, Whole Hog and Bear Ball monument installations
    2010       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Best Sculpture in the Round
    2010       Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming, Bison Columns monument installation
    2010       City of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rabbit Reach and Stag Leap monument installations
    2010       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Margaret Hexter Prize for Sculpture in the Round
    2007       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize
    2004       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Percival Dietsch Prize
    2004       Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous, Featured Artist
    2003       Gilcrease Museum, Silver Anniversary Rendezvous, Featured Artist
    2003       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Elliott Gantz and Company Foundry Award
    2002       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Bedi-Makky Art Prize


    National Sculptors’ Guild
    National Sculpture Society
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
    Columbine Gallery, Loveland, Colorado
    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Quest for the West artist Bruce Cheever

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 22, 2016

    Cheever 2016
    Bruce Cheever

    Born 1958 in Utah; lives in Woodland Hills, Utah

    The Warrior
    2016, oil, 24 x 36 inches

    When we visualize cultures throughout history, we usually do it through the art and artifacts left behind. A person could search the world over and not find a more beautiful and identifiable culture than that of the American Plains Indian. Their uniqueness represents the greatness of the American West. The Plains Indian headdress was sometimes worn into battle, and it signified spiritual and political importance. It also represented honor and respect. Those who wore the headdress were held in high esteem, and viewed as being brave in the face of danger and contributing to their tribes through selfless acts of courage.

    INTERESTED IN ART AS A CHILD, Bruce Cheever embarked on a career as a fine artist after spending many years as an illustrator. It was during those years that he discovered his affinity for tonalism and luminism. Born in 1958, this Utah artist credits his education at Brigham Young University and a professional career as an illustrator as prime training ground in both observation and discipline.

    Today, Cheever’s studio paintings take shape from the inspiration he gathers from his travels. Cheever’s atmospheric and bucolic landscapes are suggestive of the Renaissance period, and his passion for the landscape is driven by the never-ending search for beauty.

    Whether painting a rural scene in the American Westor a pastoral European landscape, his painting style is emerging with a uniqueness of its own. Cheever has had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world capturing the beauty of the landscape in his paintings. His love of the Western American landscape has been a hallmark of his success.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, included in top 100 winners

    Gallery Representation

    Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 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

  • 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

    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


    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

  • Quest for the West artist Dan Bodelson

    by The Eiteljorg Musem of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 17, 2016
    Bodelson 2016
    Dan Bodelson

    Born 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; lives in Santa Fe


    The Artist
    2016, oil, 30 x 24 inches

    This piece had two inspirations. The first was a photo that a friend of mine let me use, and the second was a day-trip adventure with another friend of mine, who is four-and-a-half years old (the half is very important). My little friend and I explored large culverts under the highways, which are full of graffiti and things. One had this great light that cast down from a vertical metal culvert. I took a picture of my friend under the light. I then reposed the photo from my other friend, added the light, and put the whole thing in a teepee. So there you have it: inspiration.

    ALTHOUGH HE WAS BORN IN MINNESOTA, Dan Bodelson grew up in Colorado and New Mexico. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, he attended the California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, receiving his BFA in 1972. Intending to pursue a career as an illustrator, his love of painting took him back to Santa Fe, where he has lived and painted ever since.

    Bodelson’s scenes of American Indian life and landscapes are inspired by Western literature and the natural beauty that surrounds him. He and his family also travel widely; he has painted in places as far-flung as Brazil, the Bahamas, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. His work can be found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. Since the early 1970s, Bodelson has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows.

    Gallery Representation

    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    Joe Wade Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona

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