Greg Kelsey

Greg Kelsey

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 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. 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 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Greg Kelsey.

Kelsey 2015
Greg Kelsey
Born 1971, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; lives in Ignacio, Colorado

AN HONEST LOOK at Greg Kelsey’s sculpture reveals his intensity for both form and subject. No matter the subject, it is his belief that form is the most significant thing about a sculpture. Kelsey states, “It is a powerful combination when form and subject are both meaningful.”

As a self-taught artist, Kelsey is a consummate student of the behavior of light on surface. He feels the mastery of different textures gives a piece life and aids the viewer in noticing what is supposed to be noticed. The form has to own its own space and command attention, whereas the detail should draw the focus of the eye while stressing power, gesture, or movement.

Kelsey feels his subjects have already told a story through mood, texture, and line that he, as the artist, must recognize, acknowledge, and retell.

Sundance and the Wild Bunch Hit the Union Pacific
2015, bronze, edition of 25, 15 x 14 x 24 1/2 inches

I live in one of the old stomping grounds of the Wild Bunch.  Unsigned bank notes from the Wilcox holdup appeared in Monticello, Utah and in Durango, Mancos and Cortez, Colorado. Scenes from the Hollywood movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, depicting this infamous holdup, were filmed around here.  This historical tale resonated with me, it is a dynamic story that was perfect material for a sculpture.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Inducted as an inaugural member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists
2012    Briscoe Museum, Night of Artists, Committee’s Choice Award
2011    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Prize
2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2010    Created sculpture for Charlie Russell Heritage Award for the C.M. Russell Museum
2009    Elected as Sculptor Member of National Sculpture Society
2009    Phippen Fine Art Show, First Place Sculpture
2008    Bosque Art Classic, Gold Medal Sculpture & Jones Purchase Awards
2007    C. M. Russell Art Show & Auction, People’s Choice—Sculpture Award
2003    Night of the Artists, San Antonio, Texas, Best Sculpture Award
2001    C. M. Russell Art Show & Auction, Artists’ Choice Award

Gallery Representation:
Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, Colorado