Eisele Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio) is currently showing “Into the Wilderness: Wind River Range, Wyoming,” a two-person exhibition of landscape oil paintings by Robert Hagberg and Chuck Marshall. The exhibition will be on view until November 30, 2019.
Eisele Gallery will also have a selection of American 19th- and 20th-century paintings, including by Ohio-born artist Joseph Henry Sharp (1859–1953).
The origin of the “Trip into the Wilderness” that Robert and Chuck attended comes from the well-known artist Tucker Smith, from Pinedale, Wyoming. He created and organized an annual trip for himself and other artists to spend time in the Wind River Range in Wyoming for inspiration. At the age of 79, Tucker continues to organize and ride with invited artists into the Wind River Wilderness. Lanny Grant, one of Tucker’s invited artists, decided to expand on this tradition by inviting Robert and Chuck to go on a trip he organized.
Robert and Chuck met through the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association and have been great friends ever since. They have made the trip to Wyoming two years in a row now, also joined by artist Niles Nordquist. Robert describes this trip as “a real experience, unlike anything else.” Each artist is amazed by the beauty and contrast to their normal city life.
For the trip, the group hires an outﬁtter to bring the materials and food for the time they are there. Mules carry the supplies, and the artists ride on horseback to the camp, three to four hours away from civilization. The artists go out daily with their painting supplies and create plein air studies, weather permitting. Another reward and source of inspiration for this trip is that American wildlife artist Carl Rungius (1869–1959) also painted in this area. The artists value the experience of creating where he painted as well as ﬁnding works by Rungius that depict the Wind River Range, which is about 80 miles long.
All their paintings on view at Eisele Gallery will be works inspired by both trips to Wyoming, July 2018 and July 2019.
Robert Hagberg was born in Minnesota and raised in Ohio. His father, an avid photographer, put a camera in his hands at an early age. However, Robert saw more than photos while looking through the lens, so he picked up a paintbrush. After a decade in the mental health profession, he moved to a career in ﬁlm production as a cameraman and lighting director, which gave him the opportunity to use a television screen as a creative outlet. He continues painting regardless of his daily career. In 1992, Robert made the decision to pursue painting full time.
Starting in 1998, Robert took workshops and was inﬂuenced by artists Jim Wilcox, William Scott Jennings, Ray Roberts, and many more. His ﬁrst experience in the Tetons conﬁrmed his passion for painting outdoors. Robert has earned many awards and signature status in various associations.
Since 2004 he has been a member of and painted with Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. In 2013, he was honored by being selected to represent Acadia National Park in the multiple-award-winning publication Art of the National Parks, Historic Connections — Contemporary Interpretations.
Chuck Marshall is a native Ohio artist who has earned national recognition. He developed an early love for the outdoors and artwork. His goal to be an artist started at a young age while sketching and roaming the countryside. After a short stint in the Navy, he studied one year at the Art Institute of Cincinnati before moving to and studying at the California Art Institute in Southern California.
Marshall has studied with various artists, which he feels has helped him to develop his artistic style. His art career includes many years as an illustrator and graphic designer as well as his ﬁne art. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Ohio Plein Air Society, American Impressionist Society, and Oil Painters of America. Chuck’s work has been published in International Artist magazine, American Artist magazine, and PleinAir magazine.
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