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Quest for the West artist Francois Koch

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 Francois Koch.
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Francois Koch
Born 1944, in Johannesburg, South Africa; lives in Georgetown, Texas

FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL career as an illustrator in advertising and publishing, at the age of twenty-six South African born, Francois Koch decided to pursue his boyhood passion to become a fine art painter, painting the African landscape and wildlife which he loved. His paintings are included in South African embassies around the world, as well as in the presidential residence and many major corporations and banks in South Africa.

In 1996, when his paintings started to sell internationally, he decided to explore the art scene in America painting the western landscape. After a sold-out one-man show at Settlers West Gallery, Tucson in 2000, Koch decided to immigrate to America. In 2008, he and his wife, Cilicie, became proud American citizens.

Further success with one-man and two-man shows followed and established him as one of the premier American West landscape painters. His work is included in major museum shows at The Autry National Center, CA; The National Wildlife Museum, WY; National Cowboy Museum, OK; and the Eiteljorg Museum, IN. His paintings are in the collections of the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, WY, and the Booth Museum in Cartersville, GA.

His landscapes are imbued with deep emotion and expression, virtually drawing viewers into the picture.

Rust in Peace
2015, oil on linen, 16 x 24 inches

As a landscape painter I look at what makes a “simple” scene interesting. This old rusted GMC truck in the snow is just what this scene needed to become “interesting” and a great focal point.

Notable awards and achievements:
2007    Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year

2010    Western Art Collector
2010    Southwest Art
2009    Art of the West
2007    Western Art Collector
2006    PBS Featured artist: Arizona Illustrated
2002    Art of the West

Gallery representation:
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

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)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.


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