01 Jan Griffing, Robert
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 Robert Griffing.
Born 1940 in Linesville, Pennsylvania; lives in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
GROWING UP IN HISTORY-RICH western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led to his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore. Following thirty years as a commercial artist, which refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the eighteenth century who had intrigued him as a youth.
Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participating in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow re-enactors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has the support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2013 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2013 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
2009 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
2008 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
2008 Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Masters of the American West Purchase Award
2006 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Painting
The Art of Robert Griffing, by George Irvin (East/West Visions, 2000)
The Art of Robert Griffing: His Journey Into the Eastern Frontier (Paramount Press, 2003)
The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing: The Journey Continues, by Timothy J. Todish (Paramount Press, 2007)
The Historical Art of Robert Griffing: An Amazing Journey, by Michael Galban (Paramount Press, 2017)
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona