20 Aug Nathan Solano
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 Nathan Solano.
Born in 1950, Dragerton, Utah; lives in Pueblo, Colorado
Moving Day in Southern Colorado
2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
The painting location is southeast Colorado on the Chico Basin Ranch. To the left of the cowboy under the clouds are the Spanish Peaks, the twin peaks were landmarks for Native Americans, trappers, the Spanish, French, and American settlers. To the right, also under the cloud cover, is the Greenhorn Mountain. It was named after the Comanche Chief Cuerna Verde (Green Horn). He was in killed below this Peak in 1779 by the Spanish.
UNLIKE MOST ARTISTS, Solano did not begin his painting career until he turned 40, and without any formal art training. Solano briefly attended the University of Colorado before being drafted and spending a year in Vietnam as an Infantry Sergeant. He returned and worked in a steel mill, then as a roofer, then as a waiter and bartender until he was hired as an illustrator for an advertising agency. Nathan eventually worked in Colorado and Florida as an illustrator and art director for several ad agencies. In 1989 he moved back to Colorado and began painting.
Although Solano is widely know for his cowboy and Native American work he paints a variety of subject matter. He has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Cowboys and Indians, Western Horsemen, The American Cowboy, Taos Magazine, The Artist Magazine, and Wildlife Art Magazine.
Notable Awards and Achievements:
“My son Jarod and my daughter Ashley T.”
Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, Colorado
The Broadmoor Galleries at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado