Hindman celebrates arts of the American West June 4-5

Martin Grelle (American, b. 1954), ‘A Warrior’s Pride,’ 2001, oil on canvas, 30 x 24in. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000. Hindman image

DENVER – Hindman will conduct its June 4 and 5 Arts of the American West auctions, comprising two sessions of Western art and sculpture, and American Indian art and jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The Western Art Auction, consisting of over 350 lots, will feature 19th and 20th century Western and wildlife paintings and sculptures along with a group of Thomas Molesworth furniture. Also included will be a session of about 50 works by Colorado/Western regionalist artists including paintings by Vance Kirkland, William Sanderson, Arnold Ronnebeck, Herbert Bayer, Ethel Magafan and Charles Bunnell. In addition, highlights include pieces by Gerard Curtis Delano, Oscar Berninghaus, Joseph Fleck, Kathryn Leighton, Barbara Latham, Carl Rungius, Harry Jackson and Nick Eggenhofer.

Among the Western works of art being featured include Martin Grelle’s, A Warrior’s Pride (above), which is expected to fetch $20,0000-$30,000 and Ed Mell’s Canyon Cottonwoods (below), which is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Ed Mell (American, b. 1942), ‘Canyon Cottonwoods,’ oil on canvas, 36 x 36in. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Hindman image

G. Harvey, Brett James Smith, Bill Anton, Kyle Sims, Carrie Fell, Theodore Waddell, Walt Gonske, Robert Daughters, John Moyers, Howard Post, Charlie Fritz, Thom Ross, Buck McCain, Joe Beeler, Bill Owen, Gene Kloss, Louisa McElwain, Michael Coleman are among the offering. There is an extensive selection of contemporary Western bronzes by artists such as Vic Payne, Dave McGary and John Coleman. Twelve pieces of Molesworth from a historic Wyoming ranch will be sold to benefit the acquisitions fund of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

Thomas Molesworth (American, 1890-1977), spindle-sided club chair, black leather with red trim and Chimayo weavings, circa 1948-1950. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Hindman image

Works by contemporary American Indian artists such as Fritz Scholder, John Nieto, Allan Houser, Dan Namingha and Earl Biss will round out the Contemporary Southwestern session of the auction. Highlights include John Nieto’s Feather Dancer, which is expected to bring $10,000-$15,000 and Dan Namingha’s Village Edge, which is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

John Nieto (American, 1936-2018), ‘Feather Dancer,’ acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48in. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Hindman image

Session II of Arts of the American West highlights American Indian Art and Jewelry. As a part of this auction, Hindman will offer the Barbara and Gabe Alovis Collection of Southwestern pottery. Accumulated over 40 years of collecting, this selection of property exemplifies the close and lasting relationship the couple had with many of these artists and institutions.

Artists such as Mark Chee, Charles Loloma, Jesse Monongya and Julian Lovato are among some of the fine silversmiths offered. Pottery by contemporary artists Virgil Ortiz, Roxanne Swentzell, Diego Romero, Tammy Garcia and Nathan Youngblood will be included, as well as works by Tony Da, Maria Martinez and Grace Medicine Flower.

Jesse Monongya (Hopi / Dine, B. 1952), gold and cobblestone inlay cuff bracelet, marked ‘JMONONGYA.’ Estimate: $15,000-$20,000. Hindman image

The Arts of the American West previews will be open by appointment in our Denver showroom located at 2737 Larimer St., Suite C.

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