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A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project

Tucson 7 Artists
 

Brown, Harley

A native of Alberta, Canada, Harley Brown became fascinated with art at a young age, and eventually attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, followed by the Camberwell School of Art in London, England. Encouraged by fellow artist Robert Lougheed, Brown submitted work for the National Academy of Western Art show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1977, and is one of a small group of artists who have won awards their first time in the competition. Brown is also one of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
March 30, 2004 — 2 hours 30 minutes — video

Bryers, Duane

(1911-2012)

Duane Bryers' art career has included time as a graphic artist for the Air Force during World War II, a commercial artist and illustrator, and eventually fine art. Growing up in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, Bryers taught himself to draw and paint from art books at the local library. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Bryers' oil painting, Two’s Company, won The Prix de West Society Award in 1997 and was purchased for the Museum's permanent collection. Bryers was also one of the Tucson 7.
February 15, 2003 — 1 hour 50 minutes — video

Crowley, Don

While Don Crowley always had an interest in art, the idea to make a career as an artist did not occur to him until later in life, after serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines and then the Navy, when a friend recommended he take courses at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. After spending 20 years in New York City as a commercial artist, Crowley took the advice of James Bama and Sam Winsom to move west, and relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Crowley’s lifelong interest in western culture is evident in his paintings, especially in his detailed oil paintings of Native Americans, a focus of Crowley's. Crowley is also a part of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
November 11, 2004 — 1 hour 49 minutes — video

Hill, Tom

Tom Hill began studying art at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, before expanding his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. In his early career, he had many interesting opportunities including designing sets at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California and working as an artist-reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Later, he moved to Arizona to pursue a career in fine art, writing, and teaching. In his work, Hill aims to capture the feeling or essence of something he has seen or lived. As a longtime resident of Arizona, Hill is also part of the Tucson 7.
June 8, 2002 — 1 hour 4 minutes — audio
November 15, 2003 — 2 hours 10 minutes — video

Kuhn, Bob

(1920-2007)

Robert Kuhn has always been interested in animals, from the big cats, moose, and elephants of the North American and African continents, to the coyotes, jack rabbits, and other small game of the Southwest. Kuhn worked as a commercial artist for publications including Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield for years. In his spare time he traveled and painted as much as possible. In 1970 he broke from the illustration field to concentrate on his passion for wildlife art. Kuhn was also part of the Tucson 7.
June 13, 2003 — 1 hour 4 minutes — audio
November 14, 2003 — 2 hours 7 minutes — video

Riley, Kenneth Pauling

Raised in Kansas, Kenneth Pauling Riley received his formal artistic education from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, and would go on to study in New York City at the Art Students League and the Grand Central School of Art. He began his career doing illustrations for various pulp magazines before enlisting in World War II. Returning from the war, Riley travelled to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for painting trips. He became immediately captivated by the Western landscape, eventually moving to the West. In 1995, Riley won the Prix de West Purchase Award for his oil painting Sundog. Riley is also part of the Tucson 7 and a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
March 8, 2003 — 1 hour 30 minutes — video

Terpning, Howard

After serving in the United States Marines from ages seventeen to nineteen, Howard Terpning attended the Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art. He worked as a commercial illustrator for twenty-five years. Terping worked under Haddon Sundblom, best known as the illustrator of Coca-Cola’s Santa advertising campaigns, for five years. He then went on to illustrate covers of national magazines including Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, and Good Housekeeping. He also illustrated movie posters for films such as The Guns of Navarone and Dr. Zhivago. In 1977 he decided to pursue an independent art career focused on historical paintings. In 1981, Terpning won the Prix de West Award from the National Academy of Western Art for his oil painting Moving Day on the Flathead, and in 1996 he won the Prix de West Purchase Award for The Trophy. Terpning was also a part of the Tucson 7 and a member of the Cowboy Artists of the America.
November 12, 2004 — 1 hour 52 minutes — video
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