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JAY CONTWAY & ROBERT WATSON ESTATE


CLASSIC ART

AUCTION

Sunday July 7th - 12 noon

 

LOCATED: Heritage Inn, High River, Alta

TELEPHONE BIDDING WILL BE AVAILABLE CALL 403-485-2440 FOR INFORMATION

 

ARTISTS BIO
KAREN COEKaren was born in Canada.  Her passion for art and drawing started with inspiration from her dear friend and neighbor, James Watling, the noted children’s book illustrator.  Karen Coe graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.  Her love for horses, animals and the western lifestyle has always played a major role in her life.  Karen loves bringing her passions together by painting horses, wildlife and commissioned portraits.  It also allows her to be out doing the kind of field work that some people can only dream of. 
JAY CONTWAY - - Jay was born in Malta, in Eastern Montana, and was raised in the ranching area. His ancestry includes Native American, English, and Irish. He attended Northern Montana College in Havre and the College of Great Falls to earn a teaching certificate.
Over the years Jay has won numerous awards but the most important recognitions of his career are the inductions into the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show Hall of Fame in 2008, the C.M. Russell Museum Skull Society of Artists 2014 & 2015, the Montana Pro-Rodeo Cowboy Hall and Wall of Fame in 2016 and the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center in 2016.
DUNCAN CROCKFORD - This esteemed artist, known as "Duncan" in the art world, was born in Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland. After receiving formal training at the Glasgow School of Art, he served for five years in the R.A.F. In 1953 he opened an exhibition in New York City. This was followed by one year painting in Arizona, before moving to the foothills west of Calgary. Very few of Duncan's paintings reached the commercial market as he was fully occupied with commissioned works.
DON FRACHE - Don Frache’s oeuvre (body of work) covers a wide range of subject matter, although his primary love was landscape and western history, he also painted a sizeable number of portraits and murals.  Frache was part of an early group of artists who took serious the development of a truly western based/Alberta art practice. His talent as a painter allowed him to depict contemporary Alberta and Albertans as well as recreating early scenes of settlement and development for those collectors hungry for images of Western Canada. His watercolors and oils offer images of the diversity of ranchland, farmland, mountains, forest, and prairie that make up the Western Canadian context. His palette displays the rich earthy colors and wide range of tonal values of those environments.
RICHARD FREEMAN - Richard Audley Freeman was born in Leicester, England in 1932. He loved drawing and painting all his life and even showed considerable talent before entering school at the age of five. Freeman attended school in Leicester. After graduating from grammar school, rather than join his father's engineering firm, Richard chose instead to apprentice with a display company while attending Leicester College of Art at night.
Shortly afterwards, at the age of 18, he joined the Royal Air Force, serving most of his two year stint in Northern Ireland where he spent the majority of his off-duty hours sketching and painting the moors, lakes and coast.At the age of 23, Freeman fulfilled a childhood dream by emigrating to Canada. He worked for a year as a titling artist for a film company in Ottawa and then moved to Winnipeg and worked as Art Director for an advertising agency. The West beckoned, and soon Freeman, wife Faith and infant daughter moved once more, this time putting down roots in Calgary.
Freeman was awed by the scenery he saw in the Rockies and the ranch country around Calgary. Here he saw the subject matter that was to dramatically influence his painting. Here was the scenery and the lifestyle of which he had dreamed for many years.
ROLAND GISSING was born in Willersey in the county of Worcester, England on 14 May 1895. The artistic side of his nature came from his father Algernon Gissing, a well known novelist, who was the brother of the quite famous writer, George Gissing. With the exception of a few years art instruction at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh during the early 1900’s, Gissing is almost entirely self taught. Introduced to the phenomenon of the “moving picture” while in Edinburgh, he made visual contact with the freedom of the western frontier and the world of the cowboy. The west became the country of his dreams.
Arriving in Calgary, Alberta in the spring of 1913 an 18 year old Gissing came to Canada and for more or less the next ten years followed the life of a cowboy, taking life as it came, from the Peace River country as far south as Mexico working on various ranches along the way.
While in Montana Gissing met Charlie Russell the famous cowboy artist who nodded approval of Gissing’s early sketches depicting life on the range. In Nevada he met Will James, the cowboy writer of western stories who also gave Gissing considerable encouragement.
It was the fall of 1923 that he was fortunate enough to find an open homestead on the east bank of the Ghost River west of Cochrane, Alberta. The beauty of the foothills and Rockies decided the location for him and a fortunate one it was. His fondness for sketching and drawing had grown and with a rising need to test his ability he wanted to try painting for a living.
And so it was that Roland Gissing would become one of Western Canada’s most prolific artists until his passing in September, 1967. His realistic portrayal of the western landscape is today prized and honoured by many.
HAROLD HOPKINSON Born and raised in Wyoming, he became a painter of historical western scenes, specializing in Indian, cowboy, and military activities. Harold worked for the school district in Byron, Wyoming. During this era he was responsible for encouraging each senior class to purchase artwork for the school system.
GEORGE HORVATH George A. Horvath quickly established himself in Canada after immigrating to Calgary, Alberta in 1956.  One of eight children, he had artistic ambitions early in his youth.  Several years of training in Fine Art in Hungary led to continued studies after his arrival to the West, graduating from Art Institute School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1964.  He has been painting professionally since 1966.
GEORGIA JARVIS – was a Canadian landscape painter known especially for depictions of the mountainous Albertan landscape and her renderings of grasslands. Her detailed, realistic oil paintings reflected the natural beauty found in Western Canada through images of snow-covered mountains, golden wheat fields, and picturesque lakes. For example in her painting Fresh Powder, she depicts two skiers traveling down the steep cliffs of the Rocky Mountains. Born in 1944 in Grassland, Canada, Jarvis studied at the University of Alberta, while teaching herself to paint. After she completed her studies, Jarvis travel across Canada to paint landscapes, spending most of her time in Alberta and the Prairie provinces and soon after became increasing popular in her hometown of Calgary. Jarvis died in 1990 in Alberta, Canada.
GRETA GOUDREAU KAMP Greta Kamp was born in Blairmore, Alberta, and as a child sketched and painted the beautiful foothills of Beaver Mines, Pincher Creek, Waterton Lakes, and the Crowsnest Pass. Greta’s great admiration for nature and animals, and her sensitivity to conservation have been a constant inspiration for her art. The Okanagan Valley with its dramatic landscape colours, rolling vineyards and abundance of lakes and wildlife, especially the quail, make it difficult for her to put her paint brush down. Its as if she were born with a brush in her hand and living an artist's dream.
JACK KING  – Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jack King worked as a stable-hand during the depression, where he first began to make sketches of horses. He attended college in California before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944 . After World War II, he built a home on a property near Redlands, California, which he would sell in order to attend the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, assisted in his admission through a GI Bill. King later studied privately with Orrin A. White and W. Smithson Broadhead. Jack King worked full time for an engineering firm during most of his adult life, painting in his free time, and unable to devote himself fully to his art until retiring in 1974. During the last 14 years of his life he travelled extensively throughout the Western United States, Alberta and British Columbia. Following in the tradition of the great American Western artists, Jack King is best known for his depictions of ranching and Native scenes, with the horse playing a central role in the way of life. He won several awards in the Western art circuit and was a regular contributor to the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase and Auction.
GLENN OLSON – Glen Olson’s affinity with nature is closely linked to his upbringing on a ranch in southwestern Saskatchewan.  He taught school in the Calgary Public system and studied art at the University of Calgary.  Recognizing that artistic preference is a personal decision, Olsen comments that,” Most people who choose art do so because of a certain feeling that work evokes.  In each painting I strive to create that magical element”.  As such his work is not restricted to a specific niche of subjects.  This versatility has resulted in the development of an exceptionally diverse portfolio, featuring scenes of wildlife, western art, Native American images and children

JOHN RALPH SCHNURRENBERGER – A well-known Canadian painter of cowboy and ranch life, John Ralph Schnurrenberger was born in Switzerland and grew up there, near Lucerne, in the village of Ennetubrge.  He immigrated to Calgary, Alberta Canada in 1965.  His current home is in the Westwold (near Kamloops) British Columbia

VILEM ZACH was born on October 23, 1946 in Prague, Czech Republic. Seeking life away from communist rule, he left his homeland in 1969. Once in Canada, Vilem was able to transform his childhood passion of art into a full-time profession, realizing his dream of painting the North American Indian and their culture.
With each pastel portrait, he strives for a high standard of accuracy and feeling. His work also consists of candid, yet detailed portraits of the western heritage. By 1978, Vilem became more established with his portraiture works.
He began exploration with sculpting pieces to be cast in bronze, a medium for which he is now internationally recognized. Currently residing in Calgary, Alberta.

 

FROM THE CONTWAYS

Jay Contway has lived his life large.  He worked hard, played hard and roped hard.  It never occurred to him to save a nickel for a rainy day.  He was too busy making great art, buying horses, buggies, wagons, saddles…and a few more horses and raised some great ones that went on to be outstanding rodeo horses.
At the age of 84, Jay’s rainy day has arrived.  Jay can no longer ride or rope, walk or work his way through the small details of daily living.  In order to keep our home and pay for Jay’s health care, we have to sell art…all the art.
Jay first brought his art to the Calgary Stampede in 1976.  He has been providing trophies consecutively since 1988.  It gives Jay great pleasure to know that at his age he is still relevant as he is providing the Chuckwagon Trophy and the Outrider Trophies for this years Calgary Stampede.
Jay’s love for Calgary, the Stampede and the people he has met has made a huge impact on his life.  It is where Jay met Lynn, who has been his strongest champion and partner for over 22 years.  With that in mind we are turning to Alberta first when selling the collection of bronze we hold. 

Please join Lynn at our Classic Art Auction on July 7, 2019 to be held in High River at the Heritage Inn. Viewing at 10:00am with the sale at 12noon. See you then.

Jay and Lynn

 

 

 

 

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