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 Jack Long Osmer  (1932 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: historical western bronze sculptures and paintings

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1932 (Prescott, Arizona)
 
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The following information was submitted by the artist's wife Jacqueline Osmer and his great-grandson Brian Sult:

Fascinated by western history  since he was a child,  and of Arizona pioneer and Cherokee Indian heritage, Jack Osmer creates  bronze sculptures and paintings in various media about historical western life.  He was born on January 5, 1932 in Prescott, Arizona and maintains his residence and studio in Prescott and Dewey, Arizona.
 
Museums and Collections:
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK.
Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C
Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions, Colorado Springs,Colo.
3M Corporation, St.Paul, MN.
Diamond M Foundation, Art Museum Snyder,TX.
Marlboro Collection, Richmond, Va.
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Phippen Art Museum, Prescott, AZ,
Grand Canyon Squire Inn Museum, AZ.,
Arizona Capitol Museum, Capitol Building, Phoenix, AZ.
Smoki Museum, Prescott. AZ.,
Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ.
Bank One Art Collection Phoenix, AZ, (Now Chase Bank Collection)
Bank of Houston Texas Collection,
Harding & Harding Inc Collection Geneva, IL
Solon H. Borglum Museum, New Britain, Conn.
John Clymer Museum, Ellensburg WA, (Tribute to John Clymer in bronze of Clymer's painting Entitled: "Alouette,  Tribute to John Clymer")

"Evolution of the Western Saddles" 10 bronze Saddles on display on dining table of President Jimmy Carter and his Cabinet. A dinner honoring visiting President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1979.

List of publications regarding art works of Jack Long Osmer.:
The West and Walter Bimson 1971 edition,
Hoofs and Horns 1972 edition
Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West 1977 edition
Arizona Northland Vacation Guide 1977 edition
Who’s Who in the West 16th edition 1978-1979
Contemporary Western Artists 1982 edition
Artists of Arizona volume 1, 1988"
Yavapai Magazine October 2006 issue
"Sculptor's Study of the Western Saddle"  History booklet i.e.: Entitled "400 Years plus of History 1500 to Present Day
Written by Jack Long Osmer registered library of congress 1971 Copyright/first printing/House of Bronze 1971 2nd printing/House of Arts 1992

Special Awards: 
Death Valley, Ca. Invitational Art Exhibit 1977 Best of Show Bronze
American Indian & Cowboy Art Association 1977 Best of Show Bronze
American Indian & Cowboy Art Association 1979 Silver Award Bronze
Tacoma Wa. Annual Western Art Show Best of Show   

Memberships :
Past Member American Indian and Cowboy Artists Association.
Founding member Phippen Art Museum, Prescott, AZ.
Member: Prescott, Arizona Area Art Trust

Born in 1932, Prescott, Arizona.  His first award in art was one when he was only 10 years old. Inspired by western artist Fred Harman, and his interest in various media of art such as bronze, oils, pastels, and watercolors and his love of western history.  He choose bronze sculpture as his main interest.  Years in rodeo influenced his art as well as his Arizona pioneer and Cherokee Indian heritage.  Becoming a sculptor and art bronze castor.  Closed his foundry House of Bronze Art in 1993. Opened from 1970’s to the early. 90’s. He was a master bronze caster and mold maker.  He cast bronzes by other artist, as well as his own.   Jack’s years of friendship with  western artist Nancy McLaughlin Powell, gave Jack more insight to a wider variety of media and to the structure of art. They worked together closely in his foundry for many years until her death in 1985.

 Lecturing on the Western Saddle history.  His creation in bronzes of the "Evolution of the Western Saddle."  Depicting the 500 years history in bronze are one of his major works.  The set of 10 bronze saddles, are scaled to 1/8th of the actual size the limited edition series is a set of a 100.  These sculptures accurately preserved the western history of cattle, horse, and man.

Quote by Jack Long Osmer: "I was born and raised with a strong belief in recording the traditions of past generations.  This came from my Arizona pioneer family.  These good people were the backbone of our culture and the real inspiration for my art.  I want to tell you about this land and the many people who have cared for it with my art.  If you are going to quote history in your art, quote it correctly, never stop researching.  Bring to your art, strength, pride, beauty, and motion."

Jack Long Osmer


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