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 Ralph Edward Oberg  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Mississippi      Known for: landscape, wildlife and cowboy genre painting

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1950 (Biloxi, Mississippi)
 
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Colorado/Mississippi


Ralph Edward Oberg


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landscape, wildlife and cowboy genre painting

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The following is from the artist who was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, raised in Aurora, Colorado, and currently lives in Montrose, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University from 1968 to 1970, and from 1972 to 1973, the Seible School of Drafting in Denver, completing two diploma programs:

"The wild mountain country has always been close to Ralph Oberg's heart. An avid mountaineer and wilderness backpacker, he has traveled extensively in the back country of the Western states in search of the pristine landscape and the wildlife that live there. His art career has always focused on his love for the untrammeled country.

Raised in colorado the young man always knew he would be an artist. The freedom to move about and enjoy the wonders of the world fit his temperament. After a brief stint in commercial illustration, Oberg began to support himself with his paintings. Wildlife dominated his interest for over 10 years. Repeated appearances at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson "Birds in Art" show in the early 80s' and election to the Society of Animal Artists were high points in his young career. The works of Rungius, Liljefors and Kuhnert inspired his development. Rungius's field sketches pointed out the need for on-the-spot references.

So in 1987, Oberg changed horses in mid-stream. He began to study with some of the contemporary plein-air masters of today including Wolfe, Aspevig, Chmiel and Whitcomb. For the past decade he has focused on painting the landscape on location as a means of learning the colors and values of the world, and how to capture a sense of the moment and place. Recently, animal subjects have begun to reappear in Oberg's work, combining his natural drawing ability and accumulated knowledge of animals with a more impressionistic painting technique. Today Ralph and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, sketch the beauty they find near and far and then develop their larger works in their studio and home in Southwest Colorado.

Oberg is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America.

Oberg received the Weiss Award at the 1988 Buffalo Bill Show in Cody with the work included in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's permanent collection. Another large landscape hangs permanently in the House Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol building. In addition his works have been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the LA County Natural History Museum, the Loveland Museum, and the International Center for Wildlife Art in Britain. Feature articles on Oberg's work have appeared in ART OF THE WEST, SOUTHWEST ART, AND WILDLIFE ART NEWS.

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Ralph Oberg, b. 1950, Biloxi, Mississippi, (United States)

After a brief stint in commercial illustration, Oberg began to support himself with his paintings. Wildlife dominated his interest for over 10 years. In 1987, Oberg changed his artistic direction and began to study with some of the contemporary plein-air masters of today including Wayne Wolfe, Clyde Aspevig, and Len Chmiel. For the past decade he has focused on plein-air painting as a means of learning the colors and values of the world, and how to capture a sense of the moment and place. Recently, animal subjects have begun to reappear in Oberg's work, combining his natural drawing ability and accumulated knowledge of animals with a more impressionistic painting technique.

Education
• Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
• Seibel School of Drafting, Denver, CO
Selected Exhibitions
• Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & The New West, Selections from Permanent Contemporary Collection of Whitney Gallery, Cody, WY
• Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-Present
• National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK, 2000-Present
• The Haggin Museum, Plein Air Painters of America, American Legacy: Our National Parks, Stockton, CA, 2009-2013
• The Haggin Museum, Plein Air Painters of America, The Allure of Water, Stockton, CA, 2011-2012
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Jackson, WY, 1998-2013
• Eiteljorg Museum, Quest for the West, Indianapolis, IN
• Maynard Dixon Country, Thunderbird Foundations, Mt. Carmel, UT, 2004-2009
• Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT, 2000-2009
• Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY, 1987-2009
• American Masters at the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2008
• Academy Art Museum, European Tradition, Plein-Air Painters of America ,American Vision, , Easton, MD, 2008
• The Haggin Museum, Plein Air Painters of America, From the Sea to Shining Sea, Stockton, CA, 2004-2005
• Trailside Galleries, One Person Exhibitions, Scottsdale, AZ & Jackson Hole, WY, 2006, 2007
• Plein-Air Painters of America, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA, 1996-2005
• Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Glories of the Sonoran Desert, Wickenburg, AZ, 2003
• Loveland Art Museum, Colorado Governor’s Invitational, Loveland, CO, 1996-2001
• Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY, 1997-2000
• Cincinnati Museum Center, Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH
• Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Treasures of the Sierra Nevada, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
• Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Natural World Observed, Walnut, CA, 1998, 1999
• Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Images of the Southwest, Pueblo, CO, 1999
• Leigh Yawkey Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI, 1983-1986
• International Center for Wildlife Art, Nature in Art, Wallworth Hall, Gloucester, England, 1988
Selected Publications
• Jean Stern, Susan Hallston-McGarry and Tony Dunn, Art of the National Parks, Albuquerque, NM 2013
• Jean Stern, Roy Rose and Mary Siple, Enchanted Isle: A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island, Avalon, CA, 2003
Selected Press
• Western Art & Architecture, Bozeman, MT, August/September 2012
• Western Art Collector, John Geraghty, Scottsdale, AZ, April, 2012
• Art of the West, Barb Coyner, “Painting in the Wild”, Minnetonka, MN, Jan/Feb 2009
• Wildlife Art, Todd Wilkinson, “Quintessence of a Plein Air, Wildlife Painter”, Bozeman, MT, May/June 2008
• Western Art Collector, Scottsdale, AZ, January 2008
• Southwest Art, Big Bend Adventure, Bonni Gangelhoff, February, 2007
• Southwest Art, My World, Ralph Oberg & Shirley Novak’s Studio in Montrose, CO, Wolf Schneider, August, 2006
• Art of the West, “Artist’s Studio”, Minnetonka, MN, July 2004
• Wildlife Art, Mary Nelson, “Call of the Wild”, Bozeman, MT, Nov/Dec 2003
• American Artist, Peggy Arenz, “Mountains, Light and Wildlife”, Loveland, CO, August 2003
• Southwest Art Rose Glasser, “Full Circle”, Special Series: Wildlife, Broomfield, CO, June 2002
• Wildlife Art, Susan Hallsten McGarry, “More than Meets the Eye”, Bozeman, MT, May/June 2001
• Art of the West, A Sense of Place, January/February, 2000
• Art of the West, Plein Air Passion, May/June, 1999
• Art Talk, Artist Worth Watching, April, 1997
• Art of the West, Broader Horizons, May/June, 1994
• Sporting Classics, September/October, 1993
• Wildlife Art News, Artist Bignette, July/August, 1992
• Southwest Art, Ralph Ober, Carol Legg, January, 1987
Affiliations
• Northwest Rendezvous, Signature Member, Helena, MT
• Plein Air Painters of America, Member, Santa Fe, NM
• California Art Club, Signature Member, Pasadena, CA
• Society of Animal Artists, Member, Berthoud, CO
Awards
• California Art Club, 103rd Annual Gold Medal Annual Juried Exhibition, Gold Medal for Best Painting, Los Angeles, CA
• California Art Club, 103rd Annual Gold Medal Annual Juried Exhibition, Award of Excellence, Los Angeles, CA
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, Trustees Purchase Award, 2012
• Northwest Rendezvous, Legacy Award, 2012
• Northwest Rendezvous, Merit Award, 2008, 2006, 2002, 2001
• Maynard Dixon Country, People’s Choice Award, 2006
• Buffalo Bill History Center Art Show, Painting Award, 2002 & 2001
• Buffalo Bill History Center Art Show, Jurors Choice, 1996 & 1992
• Buffalo Bill Historic Center Art Show, William Weiss Purchase Award, 1988
Selected Collections
• Colorado State Capitol, House of Representatives Chambers, Denver, CO
• International Center for Wildlife Art, Gloucester, England
• Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Whitney Gallery, Cody, WY

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, IV:
Ralph Oberg grew up hiking, camping, hunting, and climbing in the high mountain wilderness of Colorado. His love of the wild country and the animals that live there has directed his life choices and is the reason he is an artist today. His goal is to share his experiences garnered during his numerous wilderness trips from Alaska to Arizona, California to Colorado.

After brief stints at Colorado State University and in commercial illustration, Oberg began painting birds and mammals during the 1970s and ‘80s, with repeated appearances at the Birds in Art Show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

His appreciation for Rungius’s work led to the realization that only by painting outdoors could he learn the light and color of the world.  So for a dozen years in midcareer he focused almost exclusively on painting plein-air landscapes.  He now has brought that education back into the studio to refocus on his first love: the wild animals of the American wilderness in their appropriate habitats.  Oberg now travels extensively, sketching and photographing on-site and producing larger works in his studio in Montrose, Colorado, where he and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, live within sight of his beloved San Juan Mountains.

Oberg’s work is in numerous private and corporate collections as well as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, as a past recipient of the Bill Weiss Purchase Award, and in the House of Representatives Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol, Denver.  This is his 11th year at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.  He has also exhibited at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming.

Oberg is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Plein-Air Painters of America, and the Northwest Rendezvous Group. His work has appeared in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Sporting Classics, and Wildlife Art magazines.

Source:
Masters of the West Show, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

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