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Robert Pummill

 (born 1936)
Robert Pummill is active/lives in Texas, Ohio.  Robert Pummill is known for western frontier genre-historical.

Robert Pummill

Biography from the Archives of askART

An impressionist oil painter of scenes of the Old West, he was inspired by the work of Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent as well as the Dutch Old Masters and the French Impressionists.

He was born in Loveland, Ohio and was raised in Ohio. He took his first art course when he was age eleven and continued his interest although he spent nine years in the Air Force until 1964, specializing in electronics. He was inspired to paint western landscape when he lived in Montana during this military service.

Primarily his art education was taking correspondence courses with the Famous Artists School. He worked in Mississippi and Florida and then went to night school at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles while working as a commercial artist. In 1968, he moved to Texas where he worked as an illustrator for Vaught Aeronautics, and in 1977, he became a full-time artist at age forty one.

His prints were published by Texas Art Press, and for many years the Texas Art Gallery conducted an annual one-artist show and auction. He is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, one of the highest honors of an artist of western subject matter.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, V
Robert Pummill hails from the Texas hill country. His hometown, Kerrville, was once a jumping-off point for trail herds bound north for Dodge City, Kansas. Pummill literally lives a stone's throw from the clear-running Guadalupe River, where thousands of steers long ago crossed in the company of wild, young cowboys who were headed into history.

The colorful cavalcade of longhorns, horses and heroes that once proudly passed by has become a recurrent theme in Pummill's art. He also paints the wanderers who came West in wagons, Conestogas and Concord coaches, rolling upon an endless expanse of prairie grass that moved in the wind like ocean waves. Pummill's art also includes Native American subjects in a talented tribute the People who were at home and in harmony while the West was still theirs and the buffalo yet ran.

Pummill's paintings are tales told of the soft, muted magic of open skies and spaciousness; of the lure of lonesome places; and of men meant to move on. Pummill paints it all with the accomplished technique of a seasoned fine artist, and with a wistful feeling for a West that once was. "The artists I admire," he says, "are Sargent, Remington, N.C. Wyeth, many of the Flemish masters, and some of the French Impressionists. I feel many of the world's greatest artists are alive today, however, and many are painting Western subject matter. It would be difficult for me to pick a favorite."

"I took my first art course at eleven," he stresses, "and have been serious about it ever since. As with most artists, the interest has always been there." Raised in Ohio, Pummill joined the Air Force at eighteen and served nine years, specializing in electronics. His art education was correspondence courses with Famous Artists School and Art Instruction. After employment in Mississippi and Florida, he went to night school at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, California while working as an industrial artist, and then moved to Texas in 1968 as an illustrator for Vaught Aeronautics.

In 1977 he became a full time painter at 41. "From these experiences," he points out, "I acquired discipline and the ability to meet a specific goal, both time-wise and subject-wise. In Western art, just as in commercial art, you have to know what you want to end up with before you begin. The most important aspect of doing a painting is the ability to analyze what is necessary to re-create a mood or feeling." Featured in magazines such as "Southwest Art," Pummill's work can also be found in a book on his art, entitled "Under Western Skies."

Reference: Cowboy Artists of America publication, "Cowboy Artists of America," by Michael Duty

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery
Robert Pummill's career path has been multi-faceted, including a short stint as a sign painter, a printed circuit designer at a computer company, and an illustrator at TRW Systems in Los Angeles where he worked on the Voyager project. He was able to devote full-time to painting in 1977 and was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America from 1984 to 2005.

In the course of his career, Pummill has drawn inspiration from a wide diversity of western themes. Reflecting, he notes, "The time period I focus on is the 1840's to 1900's. I'm particularly attracted to the early cattle industry, the trail drives and the long horn cattle, although recently I've done more Native Americans.

"Someone once said, 'Choose an occupation you like and you will never have to work.' That makes me one of those lucky people. I am very aware that this would not be possible without great collectors. Subject matter must be sensitive to the buyers taste. Technique and the quality of the work must be the artist's priority."

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About  Robert Pummill

Born:  1936 - Loveland, Ohio
Known for:  western frontier genre-historical

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