2012 Howard Terpning Retrospective

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“The Shaman and His Magic Feathers”, Howard Terpning, oil on canvas

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, has announced that it will host a major retrospective of oil paintings by american artist Howard Terpning, beginning in May 2012. The exhibition is expected to show more than 80 paintings, although the Autry Center is still looking for several  Terpning pieces for possible inclusion into the exhibit. Howard Terpning is undoubtedly one of the most successful painters of the western genre’, and to have the opportunity to see this many of his works in one place should not be missed by fans of his and Western/Indian art.

Howard Terpning Retrospective in 2012

If you are not necessarily a fan of western art, I would encourage you to take a few minutes to discover the paintings of Howard Terpning. Why? Well, since you asked…when you look at a Howard Terpning painting, not only is the painting executed with authority and complete mastery of medium, beautiful color, meaningful texture, and interesting compositions, you can be almost 100% sure that what your looking at is authentic. By that I mean if aHoward Terpning painting has a Soiux Indian in it for example, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Indian has the correct clothing, facial structure,  weapons, possessions, and is put in the correct environment and era.  There’s no white looking guy with a red face and a big old headdress sitting up on a white clysedale horse with Cherokee markings, Apache clothing, in the Nez Perce terrain, set in the Canadian Rockies. I, for one, appreciate the knowledge of subject and research that Mr. Terpning has put into his body of work. I also like a story depicted in a painting, as he so often does. Some people call that illustration and are critics of that approach. But I don’t care what anyone says about that. I like it.

Howard Terpning – Western Art Icon

As mentioned, the Autry Center is on the lookout for some of Terpning’s paintings whose whereabouts are unknow at this time, for possible inclusion in the exhibit. Some of these pieces include: Leader of Men, Plunder from Sonora, Discovery of a Lost Friend, Prarie Shade, Before the Little Big Horn, and When Careless Spelled Disaster, to name a few.

If your neighbors down the street have one of these or any other Terpning paintings hanging in their living room, how about having them give The Autry National Center a call at (323) 667-2000, extension 398.

Howard Terpning at the Autry – 2012 

While this retrospective is a year away at the time I write this, mark you calendars now. As of now the show is scheduled to run from May 11, thru July 1, 2012. The hours are: Tuesday through Friday 10am to 4pm, and weekends from 11am to 5pm. The Autry Center and store are closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is $10 for adults, kids 2-12 are $4, and children under 2 are free. If you are over 60, or a student with ID, you can get through the doors for $6.  If you can, the best deal is the second Tuesday of every month, when admission is free. It will be well worth it to see all those paintings by Howard Terpning.

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“Blackfeet Spectators” Howard Terpning, oil on canvas


Read about a recent show of originals and prints by Stephen Lyman at the Coeur d’Alene Gallery. 


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