Southwest Art September 2020

The work of the West's most accomplished artists come to your home in the pages of Southwest Art. Dedicated to the coverage and preservation of this unique genre of American art, each issue profiles the artists of the Southwest and looks at their work and what to expect in the upcoming times. Written for collectors, dealers and art enthusiasts of all levels, Southwest Art acts as your very own gallery, with brightly colored photography of hand-picked pieces filling the pages!

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in this issue

2 min
the shows go on

THE SUMMER of 2020 has been anything but normal. With events canceled or modified, travel restricted, and the economic outlook uncertain, the art world has been dealt some significant blows. Nevertheless, event organizers have found ways to move forward, which means there have been some positive results and awards to tell you about this month. At the Scottsdale Art Auction, which was postponed from early April to mid-June, bidding took place both in person and remotely. The auction realized $10.4 million in sales, and 91 percent of the roughly 375 lots found buyers. The top lot of the day was PONY EXPRESS by William R. Leigh, a 28-by-22-inch oil that sold for $585,000. Another highlight amongst works by historic masters was FEBRUARY CHINOOK, CROW RESERVATION by Joseph H. Sharp, a 20-by-30-inch…

2 min
patrick lee

FOR ARTIST Patrick Lee, painting is an ongoing journey into new territory, with times of clarity and moments of uncertainty; in effect, it’s a continual process of growth and discovery. He calls it conscious incompetence. “That’s a perfect place to be,” says Lee, “because everything is a learning experience.” It has proved to be a winning mindset for the Pittsburgh, PA, artist, who has been garnering increasing recognition for his plein-air works. He’s been juried into the widely respected Plein Air Easton competition for a number of years. The first time he applied, in 2013, he was accepted. The cachet of the competition’s roster alone was daunting, but working alongside some of the country’s best artists was also inspiring. “I’ll never forget it—the sweat and tears these artists put into their…

2 min
cathy weiss

WHEN CATHY Weiss set out to paint a trio of lappet-faced vultures, she briefly second-guessed her decision. No one is going to like it, the wildlife artist told herself as she set to work on the composition. Weiss knew it wouldn’t be the birds’ beauty that would win viewers over. “This is a quote-unquote ugly bird,” she says of the turkey-sized vulture, whose distinguishing features are a bald, wrinkled head and a bulky, claw-pointed bill. Still, the birds intrigued Weiss. “They are so interesting and compelling,” she says, “and their personalities are so different.” To the artist’s surprise, her oil painting LAPPET-FACED VULTURE has received not only a warm reception but multiple awards to boot. People do like her portrayal of the bright-eyed avian trio, who look more like dignified advocates…

2 min
krystal w. brown

GROWING UP AS the youngest of seven children, Krystal W. Brown often felt like an outsider among her older siblings. She tried to fit in and even wore the same clothing styles they did to look more like them. Despite her best efforts, though, she still found herself spending a lot of time alone. “Creating art was a way for me to self-soothe,” says Brown, who got her first peek into the fine-art world when her mother took her along to some art classes. “I was fascinated,” she says. By the time she reached high school, the Wyoming native was painting people’s portraits and selling her work. She went on to earn a fine-art degree at the University of Montana. “For a long time, portraiture was my focus,” says Brown. “Painting…

3 min
prix de west invitational

THE 48TH ANNUAL Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale opened some two months later this year than it typically does at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Rather than in early June, it debuted on August 1 in support of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. In addition, the sale and other festivities that usually celebrate the show’s opening weekend have been shifted to its closing weekend instead, making Oklahoma City an important destination for collectors in mid-September. Despite the changes, the weekend abounds as always in engaging events to complement the art. On Friday, September 11, visitors can attend a talk by prominent painter Quang Ho, entitled A Life Journey Through Art, at 10:15 a.m., an authors’ and artists’ book-signing at noon, and another…

3 min
jackson hole art auction

IN ITS PAST 13 years, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has established itself as a leading sale of works succinctly summed up by its tagline: Masterworks of the American West. An astonishing 171 auction world records have already been set in that brief time, and the number is likely to rise at the 14th edition this month. Auctioneer Jason Brooks kicks things off at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time on Saturday, September 19, for about five hours of high-energy bidding. This year’s auction differs from those past in one key aspect. “Though it will still take place live, for the first time we will be entirely virtual, live-streaming from the Center for the Arts in Jackson,” says auction director Madison Webb. “No bidders will be present in the room.” Instead, her team…