Coming soon to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is a feature exhibition showcasing the great paintings of Philip R. Goodwin (1881-1935).
“Philip R. Goodwin: America’s Sporting & Wildlife Artist” will undoubtedly be an exceptional show at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In addition to showcasing pictures from the painter’s outstanding oeuvre, the exhibition draws specific focus to the notable relationships the artist formed during his lifetime.
An artist from age 11, Goodwin supported himself as an illustrator for several New York-based publications, including Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Collier’s Weekly, The Saturday Evening Post, Outdoor Life, Everybody’s Magazine, and McClure’s Magazine. An avid sportsman, Goodwin was encouraged by his friend Theodore Roosevelt to travel and form an appreciation for hunting to become closer to nature and its wildlife.
Goodwin’s travels and expeditions intimately influenced his use of color and compositional strategies, which scholars suggest may have influenced the famed Western artist C.M. Russell — yet another friend of his. Along his career, Goodwin would also befriend N.C. Wyeth, Carl Rungius, Will Rogers, and Ernest Thompson Seton.
“Philip R. Goodwin: America’s Sporting & Wildlife Artist” opens on February 19 and will be on view through May 8.
To learn more, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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