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Quest for the West Artist Blair Buswell

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 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 Blair Buswell.

 Buswell 2015
Born 1956, in Ogden, Utah; lives in Alpine, Utah

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. Blair 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 80 busts of the inductees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Blair 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 Blair continues to push himself to learn new skills and techniques. The largest and most challenging project of Blair’s 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. Blair 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.

Buswell_Go_In_Peace
Go In Peace
2015, bronze, edition of 22, 26 ½ x 11 x 8 inches

This sculpture was inspired by the idea of a chance meeting between an Indian brave and a mountain man. After a few tense moments, and out of mutual respect earned from past experiences, the two decide to go their separate ways, as the brave gestures, Go In Peace

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 Show, Bennett Prize

Memberships:
National Sculpture Society
Northwest Rendezvous Group

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

 Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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