Rock Newcomb

Rock Newcomb

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 Rock Newcomb.
Newcomb 2015

Rock Newcomb
Born 1945, in Oakland, California; lives in Payson, Arizona

Western Tonto Apache Territory – “Devil’s Chasm”
2015, acrylic, 30 x 20 inches
The U.S. Army began its campaign against the Tontos of east-central Arizona in the late 1800’s. Entire bands hid in very isolated and remote areas like the one shown in the painting. This area, known today as “Devil’s Chasm,” offered what the Tonto fugitives required – rough, almost inaccessible terrain, fresh water, shelter, edible wild plants, and game. It was almost impossible for the cavalry to approach without being seen or heard from great distances, usually giving the Tontos ample time to “melt” into the landscape.

GROWING UP IN southern Idaho on the family homestead, Newcomb encountered numerous types of wildlife. Traveling throughout the West, in later life, he was able to observe most of the wild creatures and incorporate many of them into his paintings. Earning advanced art degrees in southern California, Newcomb taught art in the public sector for more than two decades.

Moving to Payson, Arizona in the late 1990’s, Rock continued portraying wildlife, in addition to painting historic and pre-Columbian peoples, ruins, and artifacts of the American Southwest, and indigenous subjects of the American plains, plateaus, basins, and Northwest coast. Newcomb and his wife, Cody, travel extensively throughout the United States seeking very rare and seldom displayed subjects for his paintings.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2015    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Best of Show
2014    Gilcrease Museum, Collectors’ Reserve Art Exhibition and Sale, Presidential Purchase
2014    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Directors’ Award
2013    San Dimas Festival of Western Art, Best of Show
2013    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Best of Show
2011    Gilcrease Museum, Collectors’ Reserve Art Exhibition and Sale, Williams Award/President’s Choice
2010    Briscoe Western Art Museum, Night of Artists, Best Body of Work
2008    Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale, First Place Acrylic
2008    San Dimas Festival of Western Art, Featured Artist, Best of Show, Purchase Award
2005    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Historical Art Award

Signature member Society of Animal Artists and International Society of Acrylic Painters
Juried Member International Guild of Realism

Gallery representation:
Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania