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Tucker Smith ( 1940– )

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Tucker Smith, b. 1940, St. Paul, Minnesota, (United States) 
 
Tucker Smith spent his early years outside of St. Paul, Minnesota.  When he was 12 years old his family relocated to Pinedale, Wyoming at the foot of the Wind River Range.  As a child, his artistic skill was already evident, although his family viewed art simply as an avocation.  After graduation from college Tucker Smith spent the following eight years as a computer programmer and systems analyst for the State of Montana, painting on a part time basis.  He eventually realized that art was his true passion in life and he became a full time professional artist at the age of 31.  
 
Today, Tucker Smith is nationally renowned for his balanced, subtle paintings inspired by the wildlife and mountain atmosphere that has been such an integral part of his life.  His home and studio on the Hoback Rim in Western Wyoming offer direct access to his favorite subjects; vast landscapes, sprawling cattle ranches, and the back country with its abundant wildlife and natural, unspoiled beauty.   Tucker notes, “I just recently returned with some friends from a week long horse pack trip into the Wind River Mountains where we painted, photographed and explored.  I believe it is necessary to experience nature first hand in order to be able to convey it to someone else through a painting”.  He adds, “When doing an animal painting, my first consideration is the setting.  It is the particular environment that made the animal.  The relationship between the two is of great interest to me”.
 
Education
B.S. Mathematics, University of Wyoming
Selected Exhibitions
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Jackson, WY, 1987-2014
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 1999-2014
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, 1979-2013
Selected Press
Art of the West, June, 2006
Western Art Collector
Wildlife Art
Southwest Art
Arts & Antiques
Art Talk
Selected Publications.
The Paintings of Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature, John A. Murray & William G. Kerr, Graphics Arts Center Publishing, Portland, OR, June 2004
Leading the West, One Hundred Contemporary Painters & Sculptors, Donald J. Hagerty, 1997
Patrons Without Peer: The McCloy Collection, Tom Davis, Forward by Bob Kuhn, 2009
Scholarships, Awards & Honors
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, John J. Geraghty Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Bob Kuhn Memorial Wildlife Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2010, 2012
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Trustee’s Purchase Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Bob Kuhn Memorial Wildlife Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Wyoming Arts Council, Governor’s Art Award, 2008
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Trustee’s Purchase Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Bohlin Achievement Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Trustee’s Purchase Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2000
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Thomas Moran Memorial Award, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Robert Lougheed Award, Oklahoma City, OK 1996
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix De West Purchase Award, Oklahoma City, OK, 1990
Selected Public Collections
Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Montana State Historical Museum, Helena, MT
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Artist Works

Lot 93
(2014)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Perspective (2014)
oil on canvas
24 x 28 in
$81,900
Lot 83
(2011)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Blacktail Ponds (2001)
oil on canvas
24 x 32 in
$54,625
Lot 157
(2010)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Autumn Spectrum (2010)
oil on canvas (unfinished)
24 x 32 in
$51,750
Lot 110
(2008)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Shoal Creek Moose (2007)
Oil on Linen
20 x 24 in
$48,875
Lot 113
(2010)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Vermillion Creek (2004)
oil on linen
16 x 20 in
$40,250
Lot 179
(2007)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Moving On ()
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20 in
$23,600
Lot 73
(2013)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Wyoming Moose ()
oil on board
9 x 12 in
$23,400
Lot 123
(2015)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Moose ()
oil on board
12 x 10 in
$21,060
Lot 147
(2010)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Wapati Bull (2001)
oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
$20,700
Lot 277
(2015)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Buffalo at Split Rock ()
oil on canvas
10 x 20 in
$19,890
Lot 136
(2014)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Cook Tent ()
oil on canvas
20 x 24 in
$17,550
Lot 84
(2011)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Still Water Reflections ()
oil on canvas
9.5 x 12.5 in
$17,250
Lot 180
(2007)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
In The Open (1996)
Oil on Board
10 x 12 in
$13,800
Lot 231
(2012)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Zion Canyon ()
oil on linen
16 x 20 in
$10,350
Lot 240
(2016)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Bitterbrush (study) ()
oil on canvas
10 x 9 in
$9,360
Lot 156
(2009)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Evening at Scott Lake (2005)
oil on linen
10 x 12 in
$9,200
Lot 278
(2015)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Pine Creek Summit (Wind River Mountains, Wyoming) ()
oil on canvas board
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 in
$6,435
Lot 3
(2015)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Mt. Rundle ()
oil on board
10 x 12 in
$7,000–$10,000
Lot 238
(2016)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Vigilance (2016)
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
$45,000–$55,000
Lot 18
(2016)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Rodeo ()
oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
$7,000–$10,000
Lot 188
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Packer Creek ()
oil on linen
32 x 40 in
$88,750
Lot 166
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Balsamroots and Grizzly ()
oil on board
10 x 12 in
$14,040
Lot 186
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Mission Creek Bottoms ()
oil on canvas
12 x 16 in
$9,350
Lot 187
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Pronghorn ()
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in
$13,200
Lot 304
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Camp Kitchen ()
oil on canvas
24 x 32 in
$23,800
Lot 311
(2017)
Tucker Smith (1940–Present)
Penny Lake ()
oil on canvas
20 x 24 in
$14,040