20 Aug John Moyers
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 Moyers.
Born 1958, in Atlanta, Georgia; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Purple Mountains Majesty
2015, oil on board, 20 x 30 inches
When I paint, I have to be as accurate as I can be. People can then see, for years to come, how Mexican cowboys dressed in the 1860s, or the gear southwestern cowboys used in the early 20th century. It’s all about being authentic.
FROM AN EARLY AGE, John Moyers knew he wanted to be an artist. The son of renowned cowboy artist William Moyers, John grew up in Albuquerque, drawing and painting on a daily basis. After high school, John spent a year at the Laguna College of Art and Design before enrolling at the California Institute of the Arts under a Disney scholarship that emphasized drawing. When John returned to New Mexico, he began painting from life — working with models and painting on location, rather than relying on photographs for reference. John’s work typically begins with research into historical events, period attire and tools, and subtle trends that emerged and evolved during the frontier era.
Today, John is one of the most respected painters working in the western and cowboy genres, and his depictions of the contemporary and historical West are among the most sought after on the art market. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, fellow artist Terri Kelly Moyers. The two share a studio adjacent to their home on the edge of the city, and take full advantage of their New Mexico location, making frequent excursions to paint on location, capturing scenes rooted in the state’s cowboy, Native American, and Hispanic cultures. (Bio by AJ Mangum)
Claggett-Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Nedra Matteucci, Santa Fe, New Mexico