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 Jim Wilcox  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Wyoming      Known for: western mountain landscape painting

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His home, studio, and the Wilcox Gallery are across the highway from a national elk refuge about a mile north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His favorite painting subject is the Teton Mountain Range of which he paints thousands of plein air landscapes, but he also travels widely to paint landscapes, including ocean scenes of Hawaii.

He studied at Brigham Young University and took two years off to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church. Following graduation, he taught art at a high school near Seattle, Washington and then moved to Jackson to become a full-time artist. Wilcox is praised for his ability to capture abstract design, light and mood in his paintings. The artist's love of nature and the scene captures the attention of the viewer.

In 1987, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, and in 1994, won the coveted $50,000 Grand Prize in the "Arts for the Parks" contest with his beaver pond painting, "Home of the Beaver." Wilcox continues to win awards and praise from critics and collectors. In 2003 Jim Wilcox was named the featured artist for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

Source: Wildlife Art, January/February 2004

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, VII:
Since 1969, Jim Wilcox has painted extensively in Jackson Hole and in many other places throughout the world.  Throughout his art career, he has been able to both live in and visit his favorite places, express in paint the beauty that surrounds him, and call it work.

In 1987, he won the coveted Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Academy of Western Art Show?an award he said changed his life. He also won the prestigious Frederic Remington Award from the same show. In 1994, he won the Arts for the Parks award with its accompanying $50,000 grand prize.  He took away a record seven different awards during the years he participated in that show.

In 2001, he was one of four artists invited to participate in the Rendezvous art show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he exhibited 47 paintings for three months. He continues to participate in the Gilcrease shows regularly.

Wilcox has participated in the Autry National Center of the American West's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale since 2001. He was also the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival featured artist in 2003 with his acclaimed painting Celebration of Fall.  In 2009 he exhibited at the Autry National Center's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, the Prix de West Invitational, the Western Rendezvous of Art, and the Buffalo Bill Museum Show and Sale.

Numerous national magazines and television shows have featured Wilcox, and he also appears in two current instructional videos. Light, which he has always considered his primary subject regardless of what it enhances, continues to fascinate him. Though realistic in his painting technique, the beautiful abstract patterns that he finds in nature continue to be an important part of his work.

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

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
A member of the National Academy of Western Art and has received several award from that organization, including its most prestigious honor, the Prix de West Award, in 1987. He also won the Remington Award for best painting at the academy's national exhibitions in 2002 and 2007. Wilcox is a member of the Northwest Rendezvous and has won their Juror's Choice Award of Merit in 1986, 1989, and 2006.

During his years of participation in the Arts for the Parks competition, from 1987 to 2006, the artist won an unprecedented seven awards, including three Region III Awards. In 1994 Wilcox won their $50,000 Grand Prize. The artist is the subject of two instructional DVDs. His work hangs in numerous public and private collections, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson, Wyoming; Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, in Cody, Wyoming.

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has taught workshops at the Fechin Institute, in Taos, New Mexico; the Scottsdale Artists' School, in Arizona; and the Loveland Art Academy, in Colorado.

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