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    JOHN WADE HAMPTON (American, 1918-1999)
    Buffalo Hunt, 1969
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed, monogrammed, and dated lower left: JW Hampton © 1969
    Inscribed lower right: CA

    John Hampton was one of four western artists who met in a bar in Sedona, Arizona, in 1965 to talk about the current state of western art in America. Although they were all accomplished artists, they also shared a working knowledge of ranching life, each having put in time as a cowboy. All had a deep affinity for the art of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell (who had also spent several years as a wrangler on Montana ranches before turning to a full time career in art). The Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) was born that night, an organization that is still today one of the most influential forces in the Art of the American West. Of that first meeting, Hampton said, "We did not feel the necessity of waiting around to hear from the Eastern critics what was appropriate to paint about the West."

    Hampton was an Easterner by birth. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but made his way to the ranches of New Mexico as a young man. One of his New Mexico bosses once told him that he had the talent to be a good cowboy, but an even better artist.

    Hampton became adept at both sculpting and painting. His subjects ranged from scenes of modern ranch life to portrayals of the historic West, particularly the Native American culture of the high plains. His depiction of modern cowboy life was fueled by his own experiences; his paintings of the historic West were driven by his research into particular eras and travels throughout the region.

    The Buffalo Hunt is a classic example of his ability to capture with great accuracy the drama and danger of life on the plains. In this painting, the viewer is thrust into the center of the action between a mounted warrior as he pursues a wounded buffalo and another warrior whose horse has been felled by another buffalo. Like Russell before him, Hampton chose buffalo hunts as a recurring theme since they afforded him the opportunity to tell an exciting story that has timeless appeal.


    Condition Report*: Slight accretions visible in sky region, otherwise good condition.
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    December, 2009
    16th Wednesday
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