Southwest Art August/September 2021

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!

United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
back to business

ONE OF THE western art world’s most anticipated and most prestigious events, the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, returned this year to its traditional early summer timeframe and its in-person opening-weekend festivities after having to modify both in 2020. More than $2.5 million worth of artwork was sold; a portion of the proceeds go toward the museum’s exhibitions and programs. Nearly a dozen awards were announced as well, recognizing some of the most impressive artistic achievements among an exceptionally talented group of painters and sculptors—truly the best of the best. This year’s Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award went to Daniel Smith for THROUGH THE CALDERA, an acrylic painting of a grizzly bear…

2 min
foster grissim

THROUGHOUT HIS young career, Foster Grissim has made it a priority to challenge the way he perceives and captures his subjects. His latest philosophical breakthrough is all about letting go and making space for creativity to flow. “Within the last eight months, I think I’ve finally realized how to quiet my mind completely when working,” Grissim says. “Now when I paint, I feel almost like a spectator watching the process unfold. Painting is easy when your mind isn’t in the way. Thanks to the tireless efforts of my mentor, Quang Ho, I’m finally starting to see the light.” Grissim was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and studied at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and Watkins College of Art in Nashville. About four years ago, he relocated to Colorado to…

2 min
megan j. seiter

MEGAN J. SEITER puts a modern spin on the classical still-life genre, using a highly realistic technique coupled with a contemporary sense of color and design. The young artist arranges her compositions with minimal surroundings to shine a spotlight on each subject’s distinctive characteristics. For paintings of a single flower, piece of fruit, or other object, she uses an almost scientific level of interest and patience to document the details that define a particular specimen. Seiter’s medium of choice is colored pencil, which she uses to create precise lines, lifelike detail, and layers of luminosity. During 2020, she used her quarantine downtime to dive deep into all the drawing medium has to offer, fully exploring its possibilities and pushing its boundaries. “I did a lot of hands-on research with colored pencil…

2 min
larry degraff

ABOUT A DECADE AGO, Larry DeGraff closed his computer for the last time as an illustrator at Hallmark Cards and picked up his paintbrush to pursue a full-time career as a fine artist. He embarked on this path with plenty of applicable experience and skills from his illustration and design career, as well as from his training at the Kansas City Art Institute and the painting practice he had been pursuing in his spare time. DeGraff turned to the landscape as a natural choice for his subject matter, as he had grown up in the heartland and is an avid hiker and explorer of the outdoors. He enjoyed painting the American landscape en plein air for many years, from the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks and the Flint Hills of Kansas to the…

2 min
woolaroc retrospective

SOLO RETROSPECTIVE exhibitions for highly regarded mid- or late-career artists are not uncommon, but a joint retrospective for multiple artists is rare. That’s why the Woolaroc Retrospective Exhibit and Sale at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is such a unique—and exciting—event to attend. This year’s show features nine well-known western artists: painters William Acheff, Scott Christensen, Josh Elliott, Sherrie McGraw, John Moyers, Grant Redden, and Matt Smith, and sculptors Paul Moore and Peregrine O’Gormley. Each was selected by the Woolaroc team to exhibit seven works from earlier in their careers, which have been borrowed from private or public collections; alongside the retrospective pieces are seven recent works, which are for sale. Viewers get to see a large body of work from each accomplished artist, including a progression throughout his or…

3 min
the russell

THE C.M. RUSSELL MUSEUM in Great Falls, MT, is a landmark institution for western art and history. The recently expanded complex is home to more than 3,000 works, 16 exhibition galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden, and the historic Russell home and studio. The museum’s namesake is, of course, famed western artist Charles M. Russell, and nearly 1,000 of his creations are in the museum’s collection, along with work by his contemporaries and today’s artists. One of the museum’s signature events is its annual auction, The Russell. For more than 50 years, the auction has featured both historic and contemporary western art, and this year just over 200 lots are on the block. About 25 of those are historic artworks, including 13 of Russell’s works in oil, watercolor, and sculpture. His 1908…