MASTERS OF WESTERN ART
Mary Carroll Nelson
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, New York
Hardback with slip cover, first edition 1982, 176 pages, 110 color plates and 70 black and white illustrations.
Condition: book is in excellent condition. Slip jacket shows wear.
Mary Carroll Nelson focused on twelve of America’s foremost Western artists, detailing their lives as well as their work and working methods. The artists featured provide a personal vision of the West. They make the West come alive.
Every chapter includes a discussion of the artist’s studio (with particular attention paid to lighting), materials, and methods. This is a book that speaks not only to artists but to art collectors, conservators of our Western land and heritage, and art lovers everywhere.
Western Visions Frontiers of the Mind
James Boren Tough and Tender Impressions
John Clymer Being There
Wilson Hurley Scenes of Grandeur
Ben Konis The West in Technicolor
George B. Marks The Rugged Truth
Stephen Naegle The Visual Experience
Jean Parrish Scene from Afar
Morris Rippel An Architecture of Form
Sandy Scott Wildlife Etchings
Gordon Snidow A Classic Influence
Doris Steider The Velvet Sky
Howard Terpning A Painterly Vision
From the Jacket
Western art is heroic, accessible, and very much a part of American life. In Masters of Western Art, Mary Carroll Nelson focuses on twelve of America's foremost Western artists, detailing their lives as well as their a work and working methods. The artists featured are James Boren, John Clymer, Wilson Hurley, Ben Konis, George Marks, Stephen Naegle, Jean Parrish, Morris Rippel, Sandy Scott, Gordon Snidow, Doris Steider, and Howard Terpning. Separately each artist provides a personal vision of the West; together their knowledge and experience add strength to their portrayals. They make the West come alive. All follow the classical tradition practiced by great artists while sharing an enormous amount of hard-won information on present-day marketing, working methods, and thinking. Several artists even combine efficient, energy-saving techniques of their earlier years in commercial illustration with their present needs as fine artists.
Every chapter includes a discussion of the artist's studio (with particular attention paid to lighting), materials, and methods. The book spans a wide range of media-oil, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, etching, and pastel, and almost all the artists discuss their use of slides or photographs. And there is more. Clymer describes his use of preliminary sketches and suggests a way to think about perspective. Hurley uses a geographical contour map to paint the Grand Canyon, matching what he sees to the information on the map in a most intellectual way. Ben Konis demonstrates the basic succinct steps to painting a pastel portrait. George Marks draws his composition to size on vellum and then transfers it to canvas. Every chapter is filled with such helpful details!
At a time when Western art is in great demand, with paintings such as those in this book selling for up to six figures, this is a book that speaks not only to artists but to art collectors, conservators of our Western land and heritage, and art lovers everywhere.