Talent flourishes in Cody, Wyoming as the 38th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale opens with the recognition and celebration of three works of art in the 2019 exhibition. Limiting the number of artists to just over 100 individuals ensures the caliber of artist and artwork submitted each year continues to be more invigorating than the last. Carefully chosen from the three categories of collectors, art business professional, and art curation/historian, the 2019 jurors include Patron and Art Collector, Anne Young, Publisher of Western Art & Architecture, Tim Newton, and Director of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Marianne Wardle.
The Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale—with a monitory award of $20,000., Wyoming native and return Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale artist, T. Allen Lawson has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often-unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of his surroundings. In his paintings, he strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth he feels in nature and the world around him. It is these practices and subtleties that caught the eyes of this year’s jurors for the Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale Award. Seeking Shelter, a 10 x 24 inch oil, encapsulates the spirit of the west through Lawson’s abstract perspective of the American West. Anne Young, Patron and Art Collector noted, “As Wyoming residents, we are a people infused by the landscape.” Although this painting does not depict the high peaks of the Tetons or the grandeur of Yellowstone National Park, its subtleties make an enormous statement. It is a small work detailing a vast and luminous subject. Publisher of Western Art & Architecture, Tim Newton, states, “[The work] does not overcommunicate; it gives the viewer the opportunity to fill it in.” For westerners, it communicates our passion and resolve to live in a landscape that some may perceive as barren which is a true testament to the Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. Marianne Wardle, Director of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, states, “It is a sophisticated interpretation of the rugged and raw country that enamors our community.” Seeking Shelter is collectively admired for its subtle and authentic depiction of our story and role in the American West.
The 3D award of $10,000.00., Mark Edward Adams joins the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale for his third year as one of our newest and youngest artists. Adams’ Big Bear Walking, a 21.75 x 21 x 7.5 inch bronze, was awarded the Barron Collier II Three-Dimensional Sculpture Award for its fresh and stylistic depiction of the North American brown bear. Newton states, “I admire Adams’ innovative approach to traditional western subject matter.” Adams’ use of rough-hewn texture gives this modern grizzly a charismatic and powerful presence. Its “rich patina” contributes to the inventive work’s power and validity as noted by Wardle. Young felt the work “communicates authority and demands respect.” Not only does the sculpture capture the grace and immense power of this great predator, it inspires us to understand and appreciate the emotional implication of expressionism. The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale strives to encourage our established and emerging artists to push their creative limits and to present a new perspective of the American West, an effort by Adams our jurors could not leave unrewarded.
The 2D award of $10,000., Whitney Hall’s White Feather, a 36 x 36 inch oil, won the Wells Fargo Two-Dimensional Award. Newton states, “It is a signature painting for the show.” He felt Hall created a challenging, interesting and technical piece. Stylistically different than many of our works, this piece grabs and demands your attention. “It is not perfectly rendered but is abstrusely intentional—loose, suggestive brush strokes and color harmony compliment the architecture of the work. It is the Whistler’s Mother of horses,” states Wardle. Hall’s abstract approach invokes curiosity and wonder. It was Hall’s intent to reveal the essence of her subject without making him whole. Young stated “White Feather is a silent strength in which Hall has achieved perfect autonomy without revealing all of her mighty steed.” This work was greatly appreciated for its contrast of styles and bold technique.
Jurors were appreciative of the entire process explaining that it was “organized, transparent, explicit, and graciously facilitated…it helped to make a very difficult experience educational and enjoyable.” Facilitator, Sheila Lucas, Art Show Director, Kathy Thompson, and Marketing Coordinator, Laurel Thompson, gave similar praise thanking the jurors for their expertise, their time and especially for their respectful collegiality.
Seeking Shelter by T. Allen Lawson
White Feather by Whitney Hall
Big Bear Walking by Mark Edward Adams