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Quest for the West artist John Fawcett

by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 08, 2016

Fawcett 2016

John Fawcett

Born 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado

Blessing the Bonnet Case
2016, oil, 24 x 36 inches

The feathered war bonnet, common to the Plains tribes, was a headdress of great distinction worn only by deserving warriors whose bravery and exploits in battle were worthy. Each feather represented a particular coup performed by the brave, most often wing feathers from golden eagles with horsehair strands attached to the tips. Here, the tribal elder blesses the bonnet case used to hold the prized possession when not in use and protect it from harm.


ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett initially pursued a career in veterinary medicine. However, the desire to paint was always there, so in 1996, after practicing for twenty years, he sold his hospital and began to paint full-time.

A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidity with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

Notable Awards and Achievements

2014       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
2010       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
2009       Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
2006       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Museum Purchase Award
2006       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
1997       National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
1996       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

Memberships

American Association of Equine Artists, Signature Member
Mountain Oyster Club, Honorary Lifetime Artist Member

Gallery Representation

InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
johnfawcettstudio.com

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