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  • Quest for the West artist Karin Hollebeke

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 04, 2016

    Hollebeke 2016

    Karin Hollebeke

    Born 1949 in Wolfsburg, Germany; lives in Vernal, Utah

    Tall Tales Retold
    2016, oil, 24 x 30 inches

    The wagon was the cowboy’s home away from home. It was the center around which trail drives and roundups operated during a time when fences were few and grass was free. As evening falls, the men gather around the fire and time is spent yarning tales, when surprising wit is revealed in the most reluctant cowhands who have played the strong and silent part all day. The campfire seems to kindle the humorous twist of mind, and the expressiveness unique to the cowboy’s speech reveals itself. Stories may run from the eloquent to the nonsensical, perhaps Tall Tales Retold.


    A WESTERN PAINTER and sculptor for more than thirty years, Hollebeke lives, paints, and ranches in Utah. There she experiences a frontier lifestyle as exciting as her paintings, which depict events in the Old West. She finds that ranching life helps her capture authentic details in her dramatic scenes.

    Hollebeke first became interested in art while in her teens. After her family moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas, she learned about ranch life firsthand, an experience that sparked her interest in Western art.

    To pursue her interest in sculpture, Hollebeke studied with sculptor Ed Fraughton, an opportunity she describes as “learning the basics from the best.” Tom Lovell, another veteran Western artist, influenced her painting style. She found his candor “devastating” but found that his advice helped her find her own style, which has earned her international recognition.

    Gallery Representation

    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming





  • Quest for the West artist George Hallmark

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Oct 03, 2016

    Hallmark 2016

    George Hallmark

    Born 1949 in Joshua, Texas; lives in Meridian, Texas

    Heaven’s Gate
    2016, oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches

    Cuernavaca, one of the oldest cities in Mexico, lies about an hour south of Mexico City. Originally founded by the Aztecs, the city was given the name Cuernavaca (“cow’s horn”) by the Spanish. The imposing sixteenth-century Cathedral de la Asunción sits fortress-like two blocks west of Jardín Juárez. The entrance to the cathedral is gained through an imposing structure called Heaven’s Gate.


    BORN AND RAISED in north-central Texas, George Hallmark was an architectural designer and commercial artist before turning to easel painting. Voted the official Texas State Artist in 1988, his work can be found in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Texas Capital, MBNA, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    Hallmark’s work has been featured in many publications. He is an annual participant in the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the  Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis, and the new West Select show at the Phoenix Art Museum.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Phippen Museum, Architecture in Art, Featured Artist
    2012       Briscoe Western Art Museum, Permanent Collection
    2011       Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Silver Medal, Oil Painting
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Permanent Collection
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Sol y Sombra: The Paintings of George Hallmark
    2010       Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State, featured in the book Texas Traditions
    2010       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2010       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Western Art and Architecture Publishers’ Award
    2009       Booth Western Art Museum, commissioned for major work
    2009       National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Miniatures and More Show, Featured Artist
    2008       National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Miniatures and More Show, Featured Artist
    1988       Texas State Legislature, Official Texas State Artist

    Memberships

    Salmagundi Club

    Publications

    Art of the West
    Southwest Art
    U.S. Art

    Western Art Collector

    Gallery Representation

    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Nedra Mateucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    georgehallmark.com





  • Quest for the West artist Logan Maxwell Hagege

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 27, 2016
    Hagege 2016

    Logan Maxwell Hagege


    Born 1980 in Los Angeles, California; lives in Los Angeles, California

    Paradise
    2016, oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches

    My artwork reflects the world that I see, in my own way. In my mind, the greatest artists in history have shown us a different way to see the world, a chance to look through their eyes. I try my best to live up to the high standards that the great artists who came before me have set. This is a lifelong task that I am happy to take on.


    TRADITIONALLY TRAINED in a local Los Angeles classic atelier program, Logan Maxwell Hagege’s interests and ability in fine art were evident from the beginning. His studies involved spending more than six hours per day drawing and painting live models. While at the atelier program, Hagege also studied privately with Steve Huston and Joseph Mendez.

    Inspiration for his subjects began at an early age when he would visit his grandmother, who lived in the California desert, as well as during his extensive travels and extended stays in various landscapes in the American Southwest. Hagege’s subjects are contemporary American Indians living in the Southwest as well as modern landscapes that are timeless in life and in his works. Hagege’s evolution from landscape to figure, and now a combination of both, formed a natural progression in his art. He continues to push his art to its limits in his own unique style. One idea that drives his work is that evolution in art is never ending. He is constantly challenging himself with new ideas and new ways of looking at the same subject.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2016       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award
    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2014       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Gene Autry Memorial Award
    2013       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Montgomery Frames Award
    2013       Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

    Gallery Representation

    Acosta-Strong Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City, California
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona





  • Quest for the West artist Robert Griffing

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 26, 2016

    Griffing 2016

    Robert Griffing

    Born 1940 in Linesville, Pennsylvania; lives in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania



    The Newcomers

    2016, oil on linen, 36 x 30 inches

    When white settlers began to migrate into the Ohio country, the Ohio River became a primary artery for travel. Since the Ohio was wider and generally more navigable than most Eastern rivers, canoes and bateaux were soon replaced by larger and more stable flatboats. As more and more newcomers penetrate Indian Territory, Shawnee warriors watch and wonder at the implications this has for their rapidly fading way of life.


    GROWING UP IN HISTORY-RICH western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led to his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore. Following thirty years as a commercial artist, which refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the eighteenth century who had intrigued him as a youth.

    Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participating in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow re-enactors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has the support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2008       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2008       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Masters of the American West Purchase Award
    2006       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Painting

    Publications

    2007       The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing: The Journey Continues, by Timothy J. Todish, Paramount Press
    2003       The Art of Robert Griffing: His Journey Into the Eastern Frontier, Paramount Press
    2000       The Art of Robert Griffing, by George Irvin, East/West Visions

    Gallery Representation

    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona





  • Quest for the West artist Veryl Goodnight

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

    Goodnight 2015

    Veryl Goodnight

    Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado



    Northwoods Journey

    2016, oil, 18 x 24 inches

    Sled dogs and their drivers have played major roles in the history of America for more than 12,000 years, from the Arctic to as far south as the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The Inuit could not have survived the harsh Arctic climate without their dogs, and they recognized this by considering them not as animals but nearer to human beings. Sled dogs first pulled mail in 1778 near Lake Superior, and the last mail was delivered in 1963—almost 200 years later. Very few people know these stories.



    WORKING FROM LIFE
    is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work and her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse, and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion.

    From her acreage in southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery, residents, and animals in the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought-after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. In April of 2011, Goodnight was honored with a forty-year retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back From the Brink, an over-life-size sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle-raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas, in October 2012.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2011       Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
    2011       Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibition
    2007       Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
    2005       The Bronc, monument placed at the Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
    2002       No Turning Back, monument placed at the University of Nebraska
    1997       The Day the Wall Came Down, 25%-over-life-size sculpture of five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to freedom; placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library

    Memberships

    National Sculpture Society, Fellow
    Northwest Rendezvous
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Medicine Man Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas
    verylgoodnight.com

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