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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





  • Quest for the West artist Tony Eubanks

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 06, 2016

    Eubanks 2016
    Tony Eubanks

    Born 1939 in Dallas, Texas; lives in Clifton, Texas



    The Remuda

    2016, watercolor, 15 x 29 inches

    Horses have always been important to the American culture. They were of vital importance to the existence of Native peoples, and they remain important today for other reasons. They’re still used on Western ranches, in sporting events, and for pleasure by tens of thousands of people. A pasture with grazing horses can be both beautiful to see as well as calming to one’s spirit. The horses in this painting are actually a herd of protected ponies near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.


    EVEN THOUGH his artistic gift was apparent while he was a young child, Tony Eubanks had not planned a career in art until a chance encounter with an art class while he was a student at Texas Tech University led him to change direction. After observing the class, it occurred to him that he, too, could make art. Abruptly abandoning his plans to become a rancher, he began to take art classes, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in illustration at North Texas University, followed by post-graduate studies at the Los Angeles Art Center.

    His early career was spent doing illustrations out of New York. Eubanks has done work for Time Magazine and National Geographic, and many other publications. Since the late 1970s, he has worked exclusively as a fine artist who prefers to paint diverse subjects, finding that variety helps hold his interest and keeps him “fresh.” He speculates that he is attracted to new themes “in the same way an actor is attracted to new roles.” Working primarily in oil, he shows his artwork in various galleries and shows. He is an active participant in the Western Rendezvous of Art, and along with Quest for the West, he also exhibits at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City. Subjects for Eubanks’s paintings include landscapes, figures, cowboys, and Indians.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    Copley Society of Art, Award of Merit
    Salmagundi Club, Annual Members’ Exhibition, Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award and Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award

    Select Publications

    American Artist
    Art of the Rockies
    Art of the West

    Southwest Art
    Western Art Collector

    Memberships

    Northwest Rendezvous Group
    tonyeubanks.com





  • Quest for the West artist Josh Elliott

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 02, 2016

    Elliott 2016
    Josh Elliott

    Born 1973 in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana

    Ancient Shadows
    2016, oil, 35 x 38 inches

    I was struck by the shadow patterns in this scene of antelope ruins in Canyon de Chelly. I began to think about how the Anasazi would have had an intimate knowledge of light and shadow and how it affected their lives living deep down in the canyon. These shadows have been witnessed by people for centuries—they are Ancient Shadows.


    A THIRD-GENERATION ARTIST, Josh Elliott was raised to appreciate art. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, who gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist, taught and encouraged him. Elliott learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. He sees his outdoor paintings as a reaction to what is in front of him, and feels they act as sit-ups and push-ups to sharpen his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting out, combined with his own artistic interpretation. Elliott credits his recent growth to the teachings of artists John and Terri Moyers, who stress the fundamentals of drawing and composition.

    Born in Montana, Elliott lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana’s landscape and people. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2010       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Ben Stahl Award
    2008       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Palette Award
    2007       Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Edith Hamlin Award
    2007       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Artistic Merit Award
    2007       C. M. Russell Art Auction, Honorary Chairman Award
    2006       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Legacy and Artistic Merit Awards
    2005       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Maynard Dixon and Quick Draw Awards

    Memberships

    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery Representation

    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
    joshelliottart.com





  • Quest for the West artist Barry Eisenach

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 01, 2016

    Eisenach 2016

    Barry Eisenach

    Born 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; lives in Arvada, Colorado


    Eagle Spirit
    2014, bronze, 44 x 15 x 18 inches

    Having grown up in the American West, I am naturally drawn to portraying the lives and history of the people of this region. For those of us who work in this genre, it is a privilege to stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us.


    AFTER TWO YEARS at Colorado State University, Barry Eisenach attended and graduated from Colorado Institute of Art. He spent twenty-three years as an illustrator and graphic designer before turning his attention to sculpting and painting. Eisenach was featured in the January 2000 edition of Southwest Art and the July/August 2008 and 2011 issues of Art of the West. He was elected to membership in the Northwest Rendezvous Group in 2003 and is a juried Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society. He and his wife, Patti, enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains, snorkeling, beaches, and travel. Their son, Justin, lives in California.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Heritage Award (also 2006, 2007, 2008)
    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Award of Merit (also 2004, 2008)
    2003       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Silver Rose Award
    2003       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Montana Historical Society Legacy Award
    2003       Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, Gold Medal for Sculpture (also 2002)
    2002       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Best in Show
    1999       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, John Spring Art Founder Award

    Memberships

    National Sculpture Society
    Northwest Rendezvous

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
    Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
    Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    barryeisenach.com





  • Quest for the West artist Michael Dudash

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 30, 2016

    Dudash 2016

    Michael Dudash

    Born 1952 in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Hayden, Idaho

    A Fight for Life, a Fight for a Way of Life
    2016, oil on linen, 32 x 52 inches

    This action painting illustrates in dramatic fashion a period in the Western frontier when 31 million buffalo were killed between 1868 and 1881. The vast herds were a vital resource for Native peoples, and the slaughter of the buffalo threatened their very way of life. At the same time, the economic and military objectives of the encroaching Americans made the taking of the buffalo an obvious choice in this clash of cultures. While the outcome of this particular encounter may be in doubt, the historical end of the Western expansion was always a foregone conclusion.


    BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA, C. Michael Dudash settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where he began his full-time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious national reputation. His transition back into fine art was natural, as his influences as an oil painter have been classical painters such as Sargent and Fechin, the Impressionists, and Golden Age illustrators N. C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Maxfield Parrish.

    His corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light, and colorful atmosphere that Dudash brings to his work. During the past twelve years he has directed his energies into painting the characters and history of the Old West. “I love the various elements of nineteenth-century frontier subject matter. I get to combine landscapes, vintage gear and clothing, colorful characters, livestock, and interesting history all rolled into a growing body of work. The storytelling aspect is also a lot of fun, one that is full of unlimited possibilities.”

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2012       Saks Galleries, American Art Invitational, Collectors’ Choice Award
    2010       Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition, Award of Excellence
    2005       Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Holbein Award of Excellence
    2004       Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Best Portrait of Show Award

    Memberships

    Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

    Publications

    2012       C. Michael Dudash: The Fine Art of Oil Painting, Western Collection

    Gallery Representation

    Art Obsession, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
    Coeur d’Alene Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    cmdudash.com

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