Kelso, Mark

Kelso, Mark

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 14th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. 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 some of the country’s biggest names in Western art.  Meet Quest for the West® artist Mark Kelso.

Mark Kelso
Born 1967 in Indianapolis, Indiana; lives in Bargersville, Indiana

MARK EXHIBITED a wide variety of interests in his formative years, including intensive study in dance, voice, visual arts, martial arts, and perhaps surprisingly, competitive baton twirling. But from this diverse background, Mark chose the visual arts for his career. He majored in painting at John Herron School of Art, in Indianapolis, IN, and began focusing on social, philosophical, and environmentally oriented subject matter in his senior year. This nature/civilization content in his paintings was translated to wildlife and landscape subject matter the following year, and has remained a reoccurring theme in his work over the years.

Mark’s art has been exhibited and collected globally. His work has hung in over 100 museums around the world, including such places as the National Geographic Society, Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural History, the London Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Mark has been a member of the International Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation organizations, and his work has been featured in various magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He currently works out of his studio near Indianapolis, IN, and continues to travel extensively, gathering experiences in the wild from which to draw inspiration.

Notable Awards and Achievements
      Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2018       Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Best of Show
2013       Waterfowl Festival, Artist’s Choice Award
2012       Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, Rose Award
2009       Natureworks, Best of Show 2D
2006       Carmel International Arts Festival, Best of Show
2004       Carmel International Arts Festival, Best of Show
2000       Taipei National Museum of Natural History, Beauty of Formosa Featured Artist
1999       Indianapolis Zoo Arts Festival, Best of Show 2D
1997       Northern Wildlife Art Expo, Judges Award of Excellence

Society of Animal Artists
Artists for Conservation

Gallery Representation
Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Plainsmen Gallery, Dunedin, Florida