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Howard Terpning b.1927 signed limited ed print Native American 1989

Howard Terpning b.1927 signed limited ed print Native American 1989


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A limited edition, pencil hand-signed print "Shepherd of the Plains", after a painting dated 1988, the print issued 1989, by the important contemporary artist of the American west, HOWARD TERPNING (1927-). The work measures 9" by 9 1/2" (image area), and 16 1/2" by 16 1/2" in attractive gold frame. The signature is at lower left, where the print is numbered 494/1250. Condition is excellent, everything clean and fresh. Terpning is likely the most important contemporary western artist. An oil set a new record at auction for the artist, at $2.36MM. Many have exceeded one million dollars at auction on numerous occasions, with even more exceeding $500,000. Prints have enabled wider opportunity to own his art. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Showing early art ability, he attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts on the G.I. Bill after military service in Asia in the mid 1940's. An introduction to famed illustrator Haddon Sundblom led to an apprenticeship with that artist. In ensuing decades, he began a long, successful career in commercial art, creating posters for major movies, and illustrations for major national magazines. Based in the New York area, he by 1974 tired of commercial work despite the success and national recognition it brought. As a young man, Terpning and his cousins had spent a memorable summer in southwestern Colorado, spurring a life-long interest in things western. By 1977 he had decided to settle in Arizona, where he began to paint the Native American plains Indians and the American west, selling his work to galleries. His attention to history and accuracy was noted by collectors, who were willing to pay high prices for his original works. Today Terpning's paintings also hang in major museums of western American art, alongside those of historical masters. The piece is as found, without the Greenwich Workshop paperwork.