Robert Duncan-2014
November 3 – 15, 2014
Scottsdale, Arizona
Press release

Robert Duncan

November 3-15, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1-4pm

Scottsdale, Arizona….November 15, 2014-Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona is pleased to present Robert Duncan in a showcase of new works.  The exhibition is on display from November 3-15, 2014.  The gallery will also use this occasion to celebrate Duncan’s 40th anniversary of representation at Trailside, which he joined in 1974 as an up and coming artist. His newest collection of paintings will mainly focus on historic Native American subject matter for which he is best known and which brought him resounding success as an award winning member of the Cowboy Artists of America organization during the early 1980’s. 
An aspiring artist from an early age, it was Duncan’s childhood summers on his grandfather’s ten thousand acre Wyoming cattle ranch that would deeply instill in him a love of nature and rural life that continues to be the central focus of his life and art today. Duncan’s career began to flourish in the early 1980’s after he was juried into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America organization. His subject matter then focused on the daily lives of the American Indian; the Ute, Crow and Blackfeet, and their interaction with the environment and nature. Five years and several awards later he resigned from the group to paint more rural subjects. He notes, “The family farm is disappearing at an alarming rate. Development and sprawl cover fertile fields by the minute. I want my grandchildren to be able to walk through a field and hear a meadowlark call.” He adds, “In a way, my paintings are a call to think about the things that have touched our lives and hope that we might all be willing to do our part to save these things for future generations.”
During the last few years, he has come full circle, returning to the western subjects that first brought him national acclaim.  Through his paintings, Duncan is able to show the viewer the similarity he sees in the lives of farmers and ranch people who share the same common bond as the Native Americans with the environment and Mother Nature.


Since 1963, Trailside Galleries of Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona has been regarded as one of the pre-eminent dealers in American representational art, specializing in a rich and varied collection of works by the leading western, wildlife, figurative, impressionist, and landscape artists in the country. The artist roster includes members of the Cowboy Artists of America, National Academy of Design, Oil Painters of America, Plein-Air Painters of America, Prix De West, Society of Animal Artists, National Sculpture Society and Masters of the American West.

The gallery is also home to the offices and showrooms of its auction department, the Jackson Hole Art Auction.  Since 2007, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has been recognized as one of the premier art events in the country, defined by the high standard of works offered in a variety of genres including wildlife, sporting, figurative, landscape and Western art by both renowned past masters and contemporary artists

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In the News: Robert Duncan Show Preview in Western Art Collector
November 2014

Heroic Figures
Western Art Collector, November 2014

Robert Duncan is re-reading The Wyeths, a collection of letters written by N.C. Wyeth to his family. The Utah painter owns three copies of the book. “It never hurts to have some extras,” he says. “It’s a very important book for artists because it showed how Wyeth was inspired by painting,” Duncan says. “He encouraged painting from the heart, and painting by putting yourself into the scene and feeling what you’re creating. He’s really inspired me by painting things that matter, things I have a feeling and connection to."

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