Fawcett, John

Fawcett, 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 Fawcett.

Fawcett 2016

John Fawcett
Born 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado

ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett initially pursued a career in veterinary medicine. However, the desire to paint was always there, so in 1996, after practicing for twenty years, he sold his hospital and began to paint full-time.

A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidity with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

Notable Awards and Achievements
      Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor (also 2014, 2010, 2006)
2009       Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
2006       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Museum Purchase Award
1997       National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
1996       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

Selected Publications
Art of the West
Cowboys & Indians
Equine Image
Southwest Art
U.S. Art
Western Art Collector
Western Horseman

American Association of Equine Artists, Signature Member
Mountain Oyster Club, Honorary Lifetime Artist Member

Gallery Representation
InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona