Kenneth Freeman Paintings To Be Offered at Texas Art Sale

Monday, December 20 2010 22:30   Western Art

For the first time in three years, original masterpieces from the private collection of the late Kenneth M. Freeman will be offered for sale Jan. 28/29, 2011 at the 7th Annual Western Artists of America Show and Sale at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas.

The masterpieces are from the private Legacy collection and represent some of Freeman's finest artwork. Freeman's work has toured the country in two traveling museum exhibitions plus additional selections in other museum shows.
mamasnecklace"Ken painted each piece three times," said Bonnie Adams, the curator of The Kenneth M. Freeman Legacy. "First, Ken sketched on the canvas or board with pencil and then did a full value, burnt umber painting where he worked out all the values. When the burnt umber was dry, he laid down the color. This was the style of the old masters and members of the press dubbed Ken Freeman The Rembrandt of the Rodeo."

Freeman, known as the Rembrandt of the Rodeo, was the illustrator for Louis L'Amour and other authors. Works of Kenneth M. Freeman are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Library of Congress, American Art Academy, and Booth Museum as well as distinguished private collections.

Prices for the most desirable works by contemporary artists are set to surge as much as 30 percent as collectors spend again, dealers and advisers predicted in a Bloomberg News 2010 survey.

The current economy has not dampened the enthusiasm as collectors bid nearly $9 million on classic and contemporary Western, wildlife, and sporting art at the 2010 Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno, NV which set several world auction records.

The annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale in August 2010 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis generated more than $1 million in sales.

"Western Art continues to be a very popular investment," said Ed Holmes, president of Western Artists of America. "Many of our WAA artists have long resumes and price points that are attractive. Ken Freeman's art is highly collectible by museums and private collectors as are many of our other featured artists."

The WAA show and sale will have two days of events that includes a Friday, Jan. 28, lecture with master painter Jay Hester on oil painting and also a lecture with master sculptor Keith McMasters on bronze sculpture.

Friday night will be the art auction from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, the WAA will offer an autograph party to meet the artists followed by an Artists' Quick Draw Competition where WAA artists mentor college art students with all proceeds going to the Pearce Museum. The WAA event wraps up on Saturday night with the gala Western Artists of America Awards Dinner hosted by Bob Boze Bell of True West Magazine.

"Ken's old masters' technique was very time consuming but the outcome is extraordinary. It is the only way to achieve the depth of colors and warm layers of content that will pass the test of time. This painting technique will last for hundreds of years," said Edward Holmes, president of Western Artists of America whose organization presented Freeman with a Lifetime Achievement Award, hereafter named the Freeman Lifetime Achievement Award.

If rugged western images are exciting, then this is just the spot on Jan. 28-29, 2011 in Corsicana, Texas (just south of Dallas/Fort Worth) at the Pearce Museum.

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