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Bob Kuhn ( 1920–2007 )

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Bob Kuhn, b. 1920-2007, Buffalo, New York, (United States)
 
Bob Kuhn is a name synonymous with wildlife art and excellence for over 50 years.  He was born in Buffalo, New York and educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, where he studied design, anatomy, and life-drawing. For the next 30 years, he was one of the most popular wildlife illustrators in America before turning to easel painting full time in 1970.  Kuhn traveled around the world to obtain inspiration, with many of his wildlife expeditions lasting eight weeks. He made countless trips to Africa, six trips to Alaska, numerous journeys into Canada East and West and numerous trips to the American West.
 
Kuhn's first love was perhaps African wildlife art, but in later years he concentrated on North American wildlife. Kuhn often painted simple backgrounds with horizontal bands of color and light. He worked primarily in acrylic and was well known for his ability to paint the particular movements and personalities of wild animals. Kuhn was a member of the Society of Animal Artists in New York and his works are featured in permanent museum collections including, The John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, NY, The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY, and The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.
 
“Bob Kuhn’s animals are strong, vital, self-assured, at that razor-sharp pitch of perfection that allows them to survive in the wild.  Always, they are in peak physical condition: alert, well-muscled, glossy-coated, supple-skinned.  They are the cream of the race, the lords and ladies” (Tom Davis, The Art of Bob Kuhn, Briar Patch Press, Camden, SC, 1989, p.125-126)
 
Education
Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn, New York
Selected Exhibitions
Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block, Tucson, AZ, 2014
Sam Noble Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2013
National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA, 2012-2013
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The Wildlife Art of Bob Kuhn, Tulsa, OK, 2006
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Tulsa, OK, 2005, 2006
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Retrospective Exhibition, Jackson Hole, WY, 2001
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West
National Academy of Western Art
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Wildlife Art Show
National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA
Selected Press
Western Art Collector, February, 2014
Western Art Collector, May, 2012
Wildlife Art, Unseen Paintings by Bob Kuhn, November, 2006
Southwest Art, The Legend of the Troubadour, October, 2006
Art of the West, Cowboy Museum Honors Kuhn, July, 2006
Wildlife Art, On the Trail of Bob Kuhn, January, 2004
Wildlife Art, September, 2001
Sporting Classics, January/February, 1985
Profiles in American Art, 1982
Selected Publications
Patrons Without Peer: The McCloy Collection, Tom Davis, Forward by Bob Kuhn,2009
Adam Duncan Harris, Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, 
Wild Harvest: The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Bob Kuhn, 2004
Contemporary Western Artists, Peggy & Harold Samuels, Washington, D.C., 1982
The Art of Bob Kuhn, Tom Davis, Briar Patch Press, Camden, SC, 1989
Selected Awards
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tulsa, OK, 2006
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Rungius Medal, Jackson Hole, WY, 1992
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Purchase Award-“The Lair of the Cat”, Tulsa, OK, 1991
Friends of Western Art, Wildlife Painter of the Year, Tucson, AZ, 1988
National Academy of Western Art
Selected Collections
Genesee Country Museum, John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, Mumford, NY
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY
National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK
Affiliations
Society of Animal Artists, New York
Society of Illustrators
Artists of America
Tucson Seven

Artist Works

Lot 28
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Like the Down of a Thistle - Red Fox ()
acrylic on board
17 x 28 in
$299,000
Lot 104
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Resting Cat (2007)
acrylic on board
22 x 42 in
$280,800
Lot 89
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Red Fox on Patrol (2001)
acrylic on board
14.75 x 24 in
$263,250
Lot 43
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Aquacade (1974)
acrylic on masonite
24 x 40 in
$258,750
Lot 193
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
After the Short Rains (1993)
acrylic on board
20 x 48 in
$212,750
Lot 228
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Dust Bath - Cape Buffalo (1981)
Acrylic on Board
24 x 44 in
$207,000
Lot 193
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cheetahs on a Termite Hill ()
acrylic on masonite
22 x 40 in
$204,750
Lot 120
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cool, Cool Sand (1987)
acrylic on board
20 x 32 in
$184,000
Lot 68
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Fox - Expedition (1994)
acrylic on board
18 x 22 in
$149,500
Lot 194
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Hunting Dogs (1977)
acrylic on masonite
28 x 36 in
$149,500
Lot 95
(2011)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Leopard in a Sausage Tree ()
acrylic on board
24 x 36 in
$138,000
Lot 88
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Rocky Mountain High (bighorn sheep) ()
acrylic on board
18 x 19 in
$128,700
Lot 141b
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Marco Polo ()
acrylic on board
28 x 29 3/4 in
$128,700
Lot 74
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Bringing Down the Old Bull (2005)
acrylic on masonite
30 x 48 in
$125,000
Lot 139
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Fire Alarm ()
acrylic on board
20 x 30 in
$117,000
Lot 87
(2007)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Wings Of Fear (2006)
Acrylic on panel
20 x 36 in
$106,400
Lot 230
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Enforcer (1970)
Acrylic on Board
24 x 36 in
$103,500
Lot 117
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Oasis (1993)
acrylic on board
18 x 26 in
$103,500
Lot 86
(2011)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Study of a Cougar ()
acrylic on masonite
16 x 12 in
$103,500
Lot 161
(2011)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
And Then There Were Six ()
oil on masonite
29.75 x 35.75 in
$103,500
Lot 138
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
North Country ()
acrylic on board
21.25 x 24 in
$99,450
Lot 61
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Fight or Flight (1992)
acrylic on board
22 x 30 in
$97,750
Lot 103
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Leopard ()
mixed media on paperboard
21.5 x 25.75 in
$87,750
Lot 165
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Winter Browse - Mule Deer (1995)
acrylic on board
14 x 18 in
$87,750
Lot 199A
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cool Retreat ()
acrylic on masonite
24 x 34 in
$81,900
Lot 148
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
King of the Hill ()
acrylic on board
15 3/4 x 20 in
$81,900
Lot 59
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cooling Off Period (2003)
acrylic on board
15 x 11.75 in
$80,500
Lot 166
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Lookout Rock - Cougar ()
acrylic on board
8 x 14 in
$76,050
Lot 118
(2007)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Goat Heaven ()
Acrylic on Board
14 x 14 in
$72,800
Lot 251
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
All He Surveys (2002)
acrylic on board
24 x 36 in
$65,000
Lot 70
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Moose ()
oil on masonite
13.5 x 20 in
$58,500
Lot 261
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
South Texas Whitetails (1998)
acrylic on board
12 x 20 in
$58,500
Lot 119
(2007)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Another Cat - Another Rock ()
Oil on Board
8 x 16 in
$57,500
Lot 208
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Winter Chase (1995)
bronze 3/20
12 x 23 1/2 x 6 in
$55,575
Lot 260
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
In Ellesmere Land - Arctic Wolf (1996)
acrylic on board
11 x 10 1/2 in
$49,725
Lot 25
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Untitled (Bear) (2004)
oil on masonite panel
7.75 x 13.25 in
$48,875
Lot 66
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Elk Topping Out ()
acrylic on board
10 x 12 in
$46,800
Lot 199
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
In the Drink (1990)
acrylic on board
11 7/8 x 22 in
$46,800
Lot 13
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Buck (2007)
Oil on Board
8 x 12 in
$46,000
Lot 67
(2010)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Harem Boss (1991)
acrylic on board
9.5 x 12.5 in
$46,000
Lot 255
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Midnight Serenade ()
acrylic on board
9 3/4 x 12 in
$43,875
Lot 75
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Leopard in a Candelabra Tree (1992)
acrylic on board
20 x 18 in
$41,250
Lot 29
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Like the Down of a Thistle ()
bronze # 10 of 20
12.5 x 24 x 7 in
$40,250
Lot 66
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
White Tails Aloft ()
acrylic on board
9.5 x 12 in
$38,025
Lot 132
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Elk in Down Timber ()
acrylic on board
14 x 18 1/2 in
$38,025
Lot 91
(2011)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Elk (1999)
acrylic on masonite
12 x 12 in
$37,375
Lot 97
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Night Sounds (mule deer) ()
acrylic on board
12 x 16 in
$35,100
Lot 228
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cape Buffalo (2000)
acrylic on board
15 x 20 in
$35,100
Lot 131
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
A Battle of Titans ()
acrylic on board
14 x 18 in
$29,250
Lot 206
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Summer Range - Pronghorns ()
acrylic on board
9 1/2 x 12 in
$28,000
Lot 205
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Old Man of the Mountain (1969)
acrylic on board
16 1/4 x 16 1/2 in
$28,080
Lot 252
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Moose in Freshly Fallen Snow (1984)
acrylic on board
12 x 15 in
$24,570
Lot 46
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly ()
acrylic on board
7.75 x 10.25 in
$23,400
Lot 207
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Autumn Itch ()
acrylic on board
9 x 11 1/4 in
$23,400
Lot 237
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Intruder ()
Acrylic on Board
15 x 18.75 in
$23,000
Lot 170
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
At the Top of the World ()
acrylic on board
9 x 13 3/4 in
$12,500
Lot 263
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Florida Bobcat and Rattlesnake ()
Mixed Media on Paper
9 x 11 in
$9,775
Lot 100
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Black Maned Lion Resting ()
conte crayon and charcoal on paper
14.5 x 19 (sight) in
$9,360
Lot 223
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
A Very Big Elephant ()
conte crayon on paper
25 1/2 x 32 in
$9,360
Lot 190
(2007)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Elk Herd (1991)
Bronze #12 of 28
15 x 45 in
$9,200
Lot 2
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Caribou Pair ()
conte crayon on paper
12 x 16 in
$8,050
Lot 6
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Coyote Study ()
conte crayon on paper
9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in
$5,265
Lot 19
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly (1999)
Bronze #2 of 20
11.5 x 19 x 11 in
$5,463
Lot 26
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Reclining Mountain Lion ()
conte crayon on paper
9 x 12 in
$4,600
Lot 7
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Sporting Triptych ()
mixed media on paper
4.5 x 4.5 in
$4,600
Lot 71
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Giraffe ()
conte crayon on paper
9.5 x 7.75 in
$4,600
Lot 70
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Supine Lioness ()
conte crayon on paper
10 x 13 in
$4,025
Lot 102
(2014)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Bengal Tiger ()
conte crayon on paper
8 x 8 in
$3,510
Lot 1
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly Bear with Cub ()
conte crayon on paper
7.5 x 11 in
$3,450
Lot 88
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly ()
conte crayon on paper
7 x 10 (sight) in
$2,925
Lot 87
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Moose ()
conte crayon on paper
7 1/8 x 10 1/2 (sight) in
$2,925
Lot 173
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Bull Elk Portrait ()
conte crayon on paper
10.5 x 10.5 in
$2,633
Lot 254
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Ambling Moose ()
conte crayon on paper
10 x 14 in
$2,925
Lot 1
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly Bear ()
conte crayon on paper
6.5 x 8.5 in
$2,013
Lot 1
(2012)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cow Elk ()
conte crayon on paper
6.5 x 8.75 in
$1,150
Lot 253
(2016)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Grizzly Study ()
conte crayon on paper
6 3/4 x 8 (sight) in
$1,404
Lot 175
(2013)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Sound of Autumn ()
acrylic on board
16 x 24 in
Lot 109
(2008)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Cougar (1977)
mixed media on paper board
17 x 25.5 in
$100,000–$125,000
Lot 191
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
The Cougar (1977)
mixed media on paper board
17 x 25.5 in
$50,000–$75,000
Lot 27
(2009)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Two Whitetails ()
graphite on paper
10 x 13 in
$5,000–$7,000
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
A Transfer of Spoils ()
acrylic on board
16 x 24 in
$20,000–$30,000
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
After the Short Rains (1993)
acrylic on board
20 x 48 in
$200,000–$300,000
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Ghost of the Gobi (2000)
acrylic on board
14 x 28 in
$50,000–$75,000
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Onward and Upward ()
acrylic on board
22 x 28 in
$75,000–$125,000
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Day Dreaming ()
acrylic on board
8 x 16 in
$25,000–$35,000