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John Fawcett: Retrospective Exhibit

05/29/2015 - 09/19/2015

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John’s years as a vet and vast amounts of time looking at and thinking about art have served his well and allowed him to break into the ranks of Western art’s top painters.
John Fawcett: Retrospective Exhibit

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     John Fawcett is not only a well respected nationally known western artist, he is one of our locals! 

We are very excited to feature this retrospective of his work which includes many paintings of our local cowboys. John’s paintings reflect the Mission of the Museum and represent the culture and history of the western way of life as only a true westerner can interpret. His knowledge of horses and technical skill is evident and his paintings depict the beauty and discovery of the West.

 

“In my position as Executive Director at Booth Western Art Museum emerging artists often come to me for career advice, wondering if they should quit their day job and pursue art full time. This is a question I struggle to answer, since the decision greatly impacts the rest of their lives. I also don’t feel fully comfortable expressing an opinion because I don’t know all the circumstances and what the future may hold. I always preface any response with the cautionary note that listening to me could land an artist in the poor house. My eventual, reluctant answer is usually something along the lines of, “all the great artists I know HAD to do it, there was no alternative,” or “if you have to ask me, you’re probably not ready.”

 

When I met John Fawcett many years ago, and learned about his path to art stardom, I gained insight into a better way to answer this prickly question. Faced with the dilemma of trying to balance his time between a thriving veterinary practice and a blooming art career, John sought the advice of his father-in-law. The wise elder simply asked John if he thought about his vet work while making art, to which John said no. He then asked if John thought about art while doing surgery. When John answered “all the time,” he had his answer.

 

In a movie, it would be happily ever after from that point. For John it has been a great rise to prominence in the art world, but there have been plenty of bumps too. However he quickly found his stride, establishing his own style and demonstrating mastery of multiple media, including drawing, watercolor and oil. John’s years as a vet and vast amounts of time looking at and thinking about art have served his well and allowed him to break into the ranks of Western art’s top painters. Still a young man by art standards, this exhibition is perhaps a mid-career retrospective, offering the chance to look both back upon his accomplishments and forward to new challenges. Personally, I am proud to be a collector of his work, and remain excited to see how his work develops as he continues to grow artistically. "

 

Seth Hopkins

Executive Director at Booth Western Art Museum