Jackson Hole Art Auction Announces 2017 Wildlife Highlights

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  • May 05, 2017

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Bob Kuhn (1920–2007), After the Short Rains (1993), acrylic on board, 20 x 48 in, Estimate: $200,000–$300,000

Jackson, Wyoming – September 15-16, 2017 – Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery are pleased to announce the eleventh annual Jackson Hole Art Auction, scheduled for September 15-16, 2017 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Both sessions will be held at the award-winning Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson Hole. Jason Brooks will serve as auctioneer.

Highlights to date include several important works by wildlife master Bob Kuhn. Chief among them is Kuhn’s After the Short Rains, a 20 x 48 acrylic on board, estimated at $200,000-$300,000 depicting a pride of lions. A strong example of Kuhn’s North American wildlife, Onward and Upward (acrylic/board, 22 x 28) features bighorn sheep and will be offered at $75,000-$125,000—fresh to the auction market. Other highlights by Kuhn include the striking snow leopard Ghost of Gobi (acrylic on board, 14 x 28) which will be offered at $50,000-$75,000, and Kuhn’s charming fox piece entitled Day Dreaming (acrylic on board, 8 x 16), estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Other important wildlife highlights include works by Robert Bateman, Ken Carlson, Tucker Smith, and Carl Rungius.

Bob Kuhn (1920–2007), Onward and Upward, acrylic on board, 22 x 28 in, Estimate: $75,000–$125,000

Also among the early highlights are six important oils by iconic sport fish painter, Stanley Meltzoff. Coming to market from the artist’s estate, these six works mark the largest single offering of Meltzoff’s work at auction to-date. Included in the collection is Meltzoff’s dramatic Swordfish 3 (oil/board, 31 x 43), which depicts the power struggle between a shoal of squid, a swordfish, and a mako shark, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Also included in the collection are the tranquil Wahoo 4 (oil/board, 32 x 32) and Bluefin 37 (oil/board, 21 ½ x 25 ½) which will both be offered at $25,000-$45,000. Meltzoff’s Striped Marlin 12 (oil/board, 20 ½ x 37 ½) is estimated at $25,000-$35,000 and will be sold alongside its study entitled Striped Marlin 11 (oil/board, 8 3/8 x 12)—which is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. This year marks the centennial of Meltzoff’s birth, and the auction will celebrate the artist’s legacy with a special presentation by expert Mike Rivkin on the evening of Friday, September 15th.   

Featured contemporary western works include Mark Maggiori’s Riders in the Storm, a 34 x 46 oil on linen estimated at $15,000-$20,000, which he completed in 2017 specifically for this sale. Other highlights include Andy Thomas’ Night Shot (oil/canvas, 40 x 30) and Horse Thief (oil/canvas, 24 x 36) offered at $30,000-$50,000 and $25,000-$35,000, respectively. Historical western highlights include works by E. Martin Hennings, Edgar Payne, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and W.H.D. Koerner, among others.

Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006), Swordfish 3 (1988), oil on board, 31 x 43 in, Estimate: $40,000–$60,000

The Jackson Hole Art Auction is currently seeking high quality consignments for the 2017 sale. For a confidential, no-obligation proposal please call 866-549-9278, email coordinator@jacksonholeartauction.com or visit www.jacksonholeartauction.com. Consignors are also invited to visit the Jackson Hole and Scottsdale offices each Wednesday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM for a complimentary auction evaluation.


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