01 Jan Buxton, John
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 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 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
2017 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
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
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona