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Tucker Smith (American, b.b. 1940)

Biography:

Who is painter Tucker Smith?

Tucker Smith is an American wildlife painter who primarily works in oil and watercolor. His work is often subtle, dreamy, almost veering into impressionism. His studio, on the famed Hoback Rim in Western Wyoming, is famed for its access to wildlife and the natural unspoiled beauty of the great outdoors. His work is renowned in Western art circles and is voraciously collected. Smith states that he doesn’t “give a damn” about critics, preferring to paint for the common man. He has stated that his paintings attempt to be straightforward, honest, and unpretentious. He is a founding member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group. He has been a featured artist in Art West and Rocky Mountain Magazine. His work has been exhibited in some of the most famed Western art galleries in the country including The Autry National Center, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

What kind of art does Tucker Smith make?

Tucker Smith makes realist wildlife paintings, typically in watercolor or oil on canvas. His pieces typically feature the natural wildlife native to Western Wyoming, where Smith keeps his studio. His pieces often feature short, thick brush strokes which can almost feel impressionistic in aesthetic. That said, Smith prides himself on his realism and describes his work as straightforward and unpretentious -- just like his fans. His studied approach often leads to him exploring the setting of the painting first before his subject. The interplay between animal and nature is a key component of almost any Tucker Smith piece. His subjects are timeless and take shape from a fully realized artistic aesthetic that puts Smith at the forefront of Western artists.

How did painter Tucker Smith get started?

Tucker Smith was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1940. From an early age, Smith was obsessed with the outdoors. This obsession only grew as he grew older. At twelve years old, Smith’s family moved to Pinedale, Wyoming at the foot of the famed Wind River Range. This was the spark that Smith needed. He painted from an early age, his artistic skills evident to the members of his family. He graduated from The University of Wyoming with a BS in Mathematics, spending eight years working as a computer programmer and systems analyst. His heart was not in the work, as Smith returned again and again to his first love -- painting. It wouldn’t be until his 31st birthday that Smith decided he would become a professional artist. He sold several paintings and never looked back -- an almost instant success with the Western art community.

How much are Tucker Smith paintings worth?

Tucker Smith paintings can be worth anywhere from $1,000 to over $100,000 depending on the piece. Smith is one of the most collected and revered artists in the Western art community, and as such his prices are high. The most ever paid for a single Tucker Smith painting is $109,250 for the piece Ahead of the Storm (date not given) which sold on July 26th, 2008. This painting has since been resold for a significant amount. He has several paintings that have sold for $80,000 indicating that this high price is no fluke. Collectors would be wise to look at a Smith piece for purchase at auction when it becomes available.

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