22 Jul Harty, Dwayne
Born 1957 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada, lives in Victor, Idaho
DWAYNE HARTY is a classically trained wildlife artist and natural history diorama artist who began his studies at the Art Students League, NYC. This was followed by independent studies with Bob Kuhn, Robert Lougheed and Tom Lovell. His interest in the art of the diorama culminated in intensive mentorship with Ruth Billard and Ralph Morrill at the Peabody Museum Museum, Yale Campus and Raymond DeLucia at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC. Harty has created over 30 dioramas and murals for museums including: the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Algonquin Park Visitor Center, Royal Saskatchewan Museum. His diorama and easel works are featured in the PBS-TV documentary: Journeys of an Artist: Dwayne Harty.
Dwayne was commissioned by the “Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative” (Y2Y) as the contemporary artist for the exhibition: “Yellowstone to Yukon: the Journey of Wildlife and Art” that opened at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta and the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey (David L. Sokol Y2Y Harty Collection). Preparatory to this exhibition Harty spent three years traveling into and painting the remote wilderness of the Rocky Mountain corridor; from Pinedale, Wyoming to the Canadian Arctic Circle and including Yellowstone and Banff National Parks as well as Nahanni National Park; following in the geographic footsteps of Carl Rungius. Harty’s works can be found in corporate, public and private collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Salmagundi Club, Canadian Museum of Nature. Other awards and commissions include: Fall Arts Festival Artist of Jackson Hole, Award of Excellence Society of Animal Artists, UNICEF, Royal Canadian Mint, Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Nature Conservancy. He has shown with the “Prix de West” exhibition, Oklahoma City and the “Masters of the American West” exhibition in Los Angeles.
Harty is now engaged in a three year commission to depict the bison of the world: the Plains bison, Wood bison and the European bison. This commission has recently taken Harty to the ancient forests of Bialoweiza, Poland to study the European bison and in N. America to Wood Buffalo National Park and the American Prairie Reserve in the north, east to the Black Oak Savanah of Indiana and south to the tall grass prairies of Oklahoma and Kansas.
Explorers Club, New York City, New York
Salmagundi Club, New York City, New York
Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff, Alberta