Have you heard of the artist, Mark Maggiori? Wow. WOW!






I’m not sure how I stumbled upon him in Instagram, but this is what I saw… and I thought it was a photograph (it isn’t a photograph, it is a painting!):

WOW!

So I went to Mark Maggiori’s website and found too many incredible pieces to post here… so you should go there, too.   I have no affiliation but wish I did!  He is having a print sale on December 12.  One day only…   I read that on the website…

This is what his website says:

Mark Maggiori’s first views of America were framed within the front windshield of a car making its way from New York to San Francisco. That month-long trip, filled with majestic views of the national parks and timeless glimpses of the West, was made when Mark was only 15 years old and on vacation far from his home in France, but its impact would ripple throughout his life and set into motion his great fascination with the West.

Years later, back in Paris, he would enroll at the famous Academie Jullian, where Western greats Ernest L. Blumenschein, Burt Geer Phillips and Joseph Henry Sharp had also studied before they helped form the Taos Society of Artists.

After being formally trained in academic drawing, Mark’s life would take an important detour through music after he formed a successful band that led to many opportunities in Europe, including into other artistic disciplines such as animation, photography and filmmaking—each one informing his artistic creativity in unique ways.

After great success in the music industry, Mark was lured back to the United States thanks to his muse, creative equal and wife Petecia Lefawnhawk. They journeyed through the West and their trips immediately took him back to that original road trip two decades earlier, the trip that opened his eyes to the beauty of American West. It was then, at the age of 36, he made the decision to paint Western art. They staked temporary claims in out-of-the-way places such as Chloride and Kingman, Arizona, where the desert offered its stunning inspiration and where Mark quickly began to produce some of the most audacious Western paintings of a new generation—audacious because Mark was still brand new to the Western art world, and also because he was an outsider, a Frenchman, with a profoundly unique view of the American cowboy. In the space of just a few short years Mark rose through the ranks to become one of the premier Western artists working today.

His work brought many new opportunities, including important solo and group shows, and a significant showing at the 2017Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, where he won the Sam Houston award. He also began to expand more artistically: he started to work more in plein air, he spent time on ranches with cowboys and on horseback to acquaint himself more with the Western way of life. He spent time in New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming and began adding additional figures to his works and new kinds of compositions to his growing arsenal.

Like Henry Farny, another Frenchman who made his way to the Southwest to paint its interesting inhabitants, Mark has carved a unique place for himself within Western art, a place where his work—part Frank Tenney Johnson, part Herbert “Buck” Dunton, with shades of Tom Ryan and Bill Owen—continues to provoke the minds of young and old Western collectors alike.

 

ONE DAY ONLY PRINT SALE!  (no affiliation)

If you love his work, he is having a One day only print sale on Dec 12!

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AWARDS
Selected Awards:

2019:

  • Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award at the Autry’s Masters of the American West.

2018

  • Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award at the Autry’s Masters of the American West.

2017

  • Night of Artists, Sam Houston Awards for Best Painting, Briscoe Western Art Museum

2016

  • Night of Artists, William B. Travis Awards for Patrons Choice, Briscoe Western Art Museum

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Mark Maggiori: One With the Sky & Thomas Blackshear, Trailside Gallery Jacksonville, Wyoming, September 9 – 21, 2019

  • Sunset Group Exhibit, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, August 10-24, 2019

  • Scottsdale Art Auction, 2019

  • The Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, January 2019

  • Cour-Alene Auction, 2018

  • The Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, January 2018

  • Mark Maggiori, Lonesome Souls, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, December 2017. 

  • Quest for the West, Eitlejorg Museum, Indianapolis.

  • Night of Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 2017

  • Logan Maxwell Hagege, Mark Maggiori and G. Russell Case: The Wild Bunch, Gerald Peters Gallery, July 2016

  • Night of Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 2016

  • Mark Maggiori: Alone in the Wild, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, October 2015

  • Two-artist show with Brett James Smith, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, October 2014

 

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