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  • Quest for the West artist Mike Desatnick

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 29, 2016

    Desatnick 2016
    Mike Desatnick

    Born 1943 in Hammond, Indiana; lives in Durango, Colorado

    Early Autumn
    2016, oil, 20 x 30 inches

    My paintings are a reflection of the life experiences of varied people, their traditions and cultures. I am privileged and proud to record them respectfully.

    MIKE DESATNICK was born in Hammond, Indiana, and worked in the local steel mills after graduating from high school. Following a decorated tour of combat in Vietnam, he began his art career by enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After completing his studies, the faculty of the American Academy of Art invited Desatnick to join them, where he was a popular, award-winning instructor. In the summers he traveled to the Southwest to perfect his skills. Frequent trips to Taos allowed him to pose and paint elders of the Pueblo, some of whom had posed for members of the Taos Society of Artists as young men. In 1978 he moved west to pursue his fine art full-time. Since then, his works have been published in every major art magazine and several books.

    His paintings hang in many prominent collections, and he has participated in many major shows. His work is also included in the U.S. Art in Embassies program. Desatnick currently resides in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Dyan.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    1988       American Express Collector’s Edition
    1981       American Western Art Exhibition, Peking, China, Poster Artist
    1977       John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist
    1976       52nd Annual Hoosier Salon, First Place, Figure and Portrait
    1975       Society of Illustrators, Annual Scholastic Award
    1975       John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado


    Oil Painters of America

  • Quest for the West artist Glenn Dean

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

    Dean 2016

    Glenn Dean

    Born 1976 in Torrance, California; lives in Cambria, California

    Canyon Outlet
    2016, oil, 24 x 24 inches

    In Canyon Outlet, I found the rock patterns and big silhouetted shapes interesting. I contrasted the ascending rider against the dark mass of the canyon wall but also wanted to allow the rider become a part of the patterns of rocks and shrubs along the sunlit slope, attempting to create harmony between rider and landscape.

    GLENN DEAN’S childhood interest in art matured into a love of painting landscapes by his early twenties. Exposure to the California and Western landscape painters of the early 1900s had a great influence on the young artist and directed the course of his career early on. In the works of such masters as Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon, Dean saw the “importance of seeing the color of light” while “carefully observing the simple and basic characteristics of a specific location.” 

    A largely self-taught artist, Dean has a passion and joy for discovering answers to the complexities found in the works of those past masters and continues to strive for a similar quality in his own work. In recent years, Dean has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape as he brings the figure closer to the forefront. It is the relationship between the figure and his surroundings that intrigues Dean.

    Dean paints on location throughout the Southwest, dividing his time between deserts, mountains, and coastal subjects. Time in the field and time in the studio are equally important to him. While working in his studio, Dean is able to paint larger compositions worked from field studies and other references. He and his work have appeared in several national magazines and won a number of awards. Dean lives in his native state of California on the Central Coast.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2013       Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show)
    2003       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Grand Prize and Artists’ Choice Award
    2001       Art and Antiques Magazine, Emerging Artist Award

    Gallery Representation

    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City, California
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Quest for the West artist Tim Cherry

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 24, 2016

    Cherry 2016

    Tim Cherry

    Born 1965 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; lives in Branson, Missouri

    Prairie Monarch
    2008, highly polished stainless steel, edition of 8, 17 x 14 x 4 inches

    Prairie Monarch has a very classical and elegant pose. The combination of this pose, my highly artistic design style, and the use of mirror-polish stainless steel creates a sculpture that is classical in nature and contemporary in composition.

    ANIMALS HAVE PERSONALITIES that make me smile, and that is what I try to convey through my work,“ says Tim Cherry of his wildlife sculptures. While he was still a teenager, a job as an outfitting guide in British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest territories provided him close contact with the moose, bears, and other animals that he now sculpts. To further explore his interest in wildlife, he studied animal anatomy with a taxidermist whose own sculpture inspired Cherry to try his hand.

    As a sculptor of animals, both wild and domesticated, Cherry has been influenced more by Art Nouveau than strict Realism, which is evident in the abstract shapes of his playful, stylized works. His sculptures’ smooth finishes lend themselves to a variety of patinas, adding interest and individuality to his creatures.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2016       City of Little Rock, Arkansas, Whole Hog and Bear Ball monument installations
    2010       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Best Sculpture in the Round
    2010       Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming, Bison Columns monument installation
    2010       City of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rabbit Reach and Stag Leap monument installations
    2010       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Margaret Hexter Prize for Sculpture in the Round
    2007       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize
    2004       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Percival Dietsch Prize
    2004       Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous, Featured Artist
    2003       Gilcrease Museum, Silver Anniversary Rendezvous, Featured Artist
    2003       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Elliott Gantz and Company Foundry Award
    2002       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Bedi-Makky Art Prize


    National Sculptors’ Guild
    National Sculpture Society
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
    Columbine Gallery, Loveland, Colorado
    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Quest for the West artist Bruce Cheever

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 22, 2016

    Cheever 2016
    Bruce Cheever

    Born 1958 in Utah; lives in Woodland Hills, Utah

    The Warrior
    2016, oil, 24 x 36 inches

    When we visualize cultures throughout history, we usually do it through the art and artifacts left behind. A person could search the world over and not find a more beautiful and identifiable culture than that of the American Plains Indian. Their uniqueness represents the greatness of the American West. The Plains Indian headdress was sometimes worn into battle, and it signified spiritual and political importance. It also represented honor and respect. Those who wore the headdress were held in high esteem, and viewed as being brave in the face of danger and contributing to their tribes through selfless acts of courage.

    INTERESTED IN ART AS A CHILD, Bruce Cheever embarked on a career as a fine artist after spending many years as an illustrator. It was during those years that he discovered his affinity for tonalism and luminism. Born in 1958, this Utah artist credits his education at Brigham Young University and a professional career as an illustrator as prime training ground in both observation and discipline.

    Today, Cheever’s studio paintings take shape from the inspiration he gathers from his travels. Cheever’s atmospheric and bucolic landscapes are suggestive of the Renaissance period, and his passion for the landscape is driven by the never-ending search for beauty.

    Whether painting a rural scene in the American Westor a pastoral European landscape, his painting style is emerging with a uniqueness of its own. Cheever has had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world capturing the beauty of the landscape in his paintings. His love of the Western American landscape has been a hallmark of his success.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, included in top 100 winners

    Gallery Representation

    Hayden Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Quest for the West artist John Buxton

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

    Buxton 2015
    John Buxton

    Born 1939 in Oxford, North Carolina; lives in Allison Park, Pennsylvania

    Beneath the Eagle Nest
    2016, oil, 20 x 20 inches

    Native Americans revered all birds of prey, but accorded eagles, especially the golden eagle, the highest of honors. This eagle was to them a sacred bird and a symbol of great power. Some Native groups would join two eagle wings together to form a large fan, which they used during rituals of singing, dancing, and chanting, fanning the air in great spirited swoops. Some carried a pouch of sealskin containing the eagle’s downy tail feathers and slept amid a circle of these feathers for protection. At times, they might taunt an enemy by holding up a fist full of eagle feathers as a sign of great power.

    DURING HIS CHILDHOOD in North Carolina, Buxton explored the woods near his home whenever he could. When bad weather kept him indoors, he drew all day. His love of art grew into a determination to become an artist, leading him to earn a Bachelor of Professional Arts from the Art Center College of Design in California. He became a respected illustrator, winning many awards during his thirty-one-year career. Among his most memorable clients was the National Geographic Society; he was greatly influenced by their insistence on complete accuracy—it struck a chord.

    After moving to the woodland hills of western Pennsylvania, Buxton became interested in the events that had shaped the region’s history. He researched the area’s historical events, attending historical reenactments and meeting historians. By the 1990s, he had found his calling: a life completely absorbed in eighteenth-century lore.

    Buxton’s carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous historical documentary films and are displayed at many museums and historical sites.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2015       Art Renewal Center, 2014-2015 International ARC Salon, Western Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence
    2013       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2009       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2005       The Artist’s Magazine, portrait selected for December cover
    2005       The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, First Place Portrait Award
    1997       Art in the Mountains, People’s Choice Award for Best Miniature Painting

    Gallery Representation

    Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona

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