Bob Kuhn biography:
Bob Kuhn (1920-2007)
Robert Kuhn was born in Buffalo, New York in 1920, and was educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where he studied anatomy, design and life-drawing. He was an illustrator for most of the top outdoor magazines during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and moved on to gallery work in 1970.
A Wildlife Art article, September 2001, labelled Kuhn as “one of the last direct descendants from the Golden Age of Illustration…(a period) that produced the most competent legion of realist painters this continent has ever known.”
In 2001, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming held an unprecedented retrospective spanning Kuhn’s 60-year career.
During his career, Kuhn made numerous expeditions to Africa, Alaska, and throughout Canada and the American West.
He credits Paul Bransom as a major influence because of Bransom’s insistence on good, accurate drawing.
Pratt Art Institute in Brooklyn, New York
Career Exhibition Highlights:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The Wildlife Art of Bob Kuhn, Tulsa, OK, 2006
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Tulsa, OK, 2005, 2006
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Retrospective Exhibition, Jackson Hole, WY, 2001
Autry National Center, Masters of the American West
National Academy of Western Art
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Wildlife Art Show
Career Publication Highlights:
Patrons Without Peer: The McCloy Collection, Tom Davis, Forward by Bob Kuhn,2009
Adam Duncan Harris, Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks for the National Museum of Wildlife Art,
Wild Harvest: The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Bob Kuhn, 2004
Contemporary Western Artists, Peggy & Harold Samuels, Washington, D.C., 1982
The Art of Bob Kuhn, Tom Davis, Briar Patch Press, Camden, SC, 1989
Career Press Highlights:
Wildlife Art, Unseen Paintings by Bob Kuhn, November, 2006
Southwest Art, The Legend of the Troubadour, October, 2006
Art of the West, Cowboy Museum Honors Kuhn, July, 2006
Wildlife Art, On the Trail of Bob Kuhn, January, 2004
Wildlife Art, September, 2001
Profiles in American Art, 1982
Career Collection Highlights:
Genesee Country Museum, John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, Mumford, NY
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Career Awards Highlights:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tulsa, OK, 2006
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Rungius Medal, Jackson Hole, WY, 1992
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Purchase Award-“The Lair of the Cat”, Tulsa, OK, 1991
Friends of Western Art, Wildlife Painter of the Year, Tucson, AZ, 1988
National Academy of Western Art
Career Affiliation Highlights:
Society of Animal Artists, New York
Society of Illustrators
Artists of America
Tucson Seven Artists
“White Tail Bucks”
8.5″ x 10″
“Three Moose Study”
8″ x 10″
10″ x 9″
“Big Horn Study”
8″ x 11.5″
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