20 Aug P.A. Nisbet
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 P.A. Nisbet.
Born 1948, in Washington, North Carolina; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Custer Fell Here
2015, oil/tempera on linen, 20 x 30 inches
At Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, it is easy to visualize the climactic fight. On Last Stand Hill, where Custer fell, the white stone markers tell a deadly serious tale. For this painting I chose to use powerful weather as a metaphor for the momentous battle. I imagined a perfect storm of turbulence and tranquility, darkness and light, defeat and victory. Here two cultures collided and now all that remains are ghosts and wind.
A STUDENT OF FINE ART for thirty-nine years, Peter Nisbet received his liberal arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1970, followed by a commission in the U.S. Navy. He served as a line officer at sea with a ten month tour of duty in Vietnam. During that time he was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to be Director of Art Services for the Navy’s Office of Information. Following military service he established a commercial art business providing graphic design and illustration to more than twenty-five national organizations.
In 1980, Nisbet moved to the Southwest and began painting landscapes. Since then he has completed hundreds of paintings derived from his experiences throughout the world. He has traveled to such remote places as the South Pole and China, but his preferred locale for painting is in the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico.
Notable awards and achievements:
2014 Tucson Museum of Art, Southwest Anthems Exhibition
2014 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award of Distinction
2014 Tucson Museum of Art, Permanent Collection
2012 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Prize
2012 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2009 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
2008 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
1999 Artrain/NASA USA National Tour, The Artistry of Space, Featured Artist
1995 National Science Foundation, Artists and Writers Program, Grant for travel to Antarctica
1987 National Park Service, Arts for the Parks (first annual), Southwest Region Award
Altamira Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
LaFave Gallery, Springdale, Utah
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona