Earl Eder – Artist Bio

b. 1944 Montana, Painting, Sculpture, Native American Themes Earl Eder is a recognized Native American (Sioux) painter and sculptor. He is a graduate of the first class of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying at the IAIA, Eder continued his work at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was a […]

John Ward Lockwood – Artist Bio

(1894-1963) New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, California, Modern Abstract, Landscape, Genre, Graphics Painting Born in Atchison, Kansas, Ward Lockwood became a key painter in the Taos, New Mexico art colony. Modernist art styles including Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism reflected his wide ranging travels in Europe and the United States.  From the 1920s to the 1960s, […]

Edward Arcenio (Eduardo) Chavez – Artist Bio

Edward Arcenio (Eduardo) Chavez – Artist Bio

(1917-1995) Colorado/New York, Genre, Landscape, Lithography, Mural Edward Chavez was born in Wagonmound, New Mexico. He worked through the depression as one of the most successful WPA muralists, then for the U.S. Army painting murals in mess halls during off duty hours, finally becoming one of many artists to call Woodstock, New York home in […]


Clyfford Still (1904-1980), American Abstract Expressionist – The Denver Connection

The Clyfford Still Museum will be located in Denver, Colorado near the Denver Art Museum in the city’s Civic Center Cultural Complex. The museum is scheduled to open in 2010.

Tabor Utley – Artist Bio

(1891-1978) Colorado/Louisiana, Mural and Landscape Painting, Ceramic, Educator Tabor Utley was a painter, ceramist, and stage designer active in Colorado Springs where he established a studio in the mid-1930s. Coming to Colorado for his health, he first stopped in Denver and studied art with Robert Graham and J. Campbell Corey. He founded a commercial art […]

Bettina Steinke – Artist Bio

(1913-1999) New Mexico, Genre, Native Figure, Portrait Bettina Steinke was raised in New York City, where she studied at Cooper Union and at the Phoenix School. She was a portrait painter, focusing on Indian subjects. She worked as an illustrator and married photographer Don Blair. They often worked together with her as the artist-illustrator, and […]


Daniel Sprick – Artist Bio

b. 1953 Colorado, Photo-Real Landscape, Floral Still Life, Interior Painting A still-life painter of everyday objects that speak of a throwaway society as well as interiors that have a surrealistic quality, Daniel Sprick is a widely exhibitied Colorado artist whose style is realism. Occasionally he will incorporate his own studio or a landscape scene into […]

Birger Sandzen – Artist Bio

(1871-1954) Kansas, Modern Landscape, Graphics, Still Life Also Known As – Sven Birger  Birger Sandzen was encouraged from an early age to pursue his interest in art. At the age of eight, he was given his first watercolor box and receive drawing lessons in his home in Blidsberg, Sweden. Sandzen’s formal education began at the […]

Ethel Magafan – Artist Bio

(1916-1993) Colorado/New York, Abstract Mountain Landscape and Mural Painting Ethel Magafan and her twin sister, Jenne Magafan, were highly respected artists. They had a successful painting career in the Midwest in the 1930s and 1940s, especially of works of western themes in Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals. The twins’ father emigrated to the United States […]


Sushe Felix – Artist Bio

b. 1958 Colorado Sushe Felix works are found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum; Colorado History Museum, Denver; The Kirkland Museum, Denver; Denver Public Library; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO; Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Los Angeles, CA.

Elbridge Ayer Burbank – Artist Bio

(1858-1949) Arizona/California, Portrait-Indian-Ethnic and Still-Life Painting Elbridge Burbank was a tireless and prolific painter of the North American Indian. He was a portrait painter of Indian chiefs, leaving a rich historical legacy. It is estimated that he worked among as many as 125 tribes. In 1887 and 1889 to 1891, Burbank studied art in Munich, […]

Edgar Britton – Artist Bio

(1901-1982) Illinois/Colorado/Kansas, Mural and Landscape Painting, Sculpture Edgar Britton known primarily for his murals, was also a painter in oil and watercolor and a sculptor in bronze. His work with simplified, weighty forms was influenced by the social-realist style of the Mexican muralists including Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco and Avid Siqueiros. Britton was born in […]


Josefa Crosby Sewall Backus – Artist Bio

(1875-1959) Josefa Backus was born in Brooklyn, NY. A well-trained and gifted artist, and world traveler, she painted works of London, the Pacific, New York, Mexico, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. She was a member of the Washington Society of Artists and the Union des Feemes Peintres et Sculpteurs in Paris. Her work was exhibited at […]