10 Aug John Buxton
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 John Buxton.
Born 1939, in Oxford, North Carolina; lives in Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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 his 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 18th century lore.
Buxton’s carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous historical documentary films, while museums and historical sites display his work.
2015, oil, 20 x 18 inches
My motivation for this painting, in 1989, was to capture the effect of indirect lighting on grass & water, as opposed to direct lighting across the top area of jumbled rocks. Everything is happening below that lightest area. Originally this painting was to have been a wildlife piece…before I began painting historical scenes. I pulled it out recently and completed it in my chosen genre, simply because of the challenge. Unseen will now be seen.
Notable awards and achievements:
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 competition, First Place Portrait Award
1997 Art in the Mountains, People’s Choice Award for Best Miniature Painting
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?
Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation’s top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.
Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.
Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package. If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015. Please check the Absentee Buyer box.
• WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE: $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.
• WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE: $450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.
• ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS:$150/bid book
Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)
For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail email@example.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.
Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.