The Life and Art of Wilson Hurley


National Awards:

  • Silver Medal for Best Fine Art Book 2020
    IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards

The majesty of Earth’s most magnificent features was the domain of Wilson Hurley (1924–2008). In paintings of natural wonders throughout the galaxy, he was committed to expressing his love of the richness of reality. His journey to become a revered twentieth-century American landscapist is brought to life in this intimate biography. Written for appreciators, collectors, and working artists, Hurley’s goals and procedures—from thumbnails to plein-air field studies and finished studio paintings—are elucidated in depth, including a commission that resulted in five monumental triptychs of our nation’s most prized vistas installed at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Peter Hassrick served twenty years as director of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He went on to be the founding director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Charles Russell Center for the Study of Western American Art at OU, and the Petrie Institute of American Western Art at the Denver Art Museum. The author of dozens of books and articles, he curated a Wilson Hurley retrospective in the mid-1980s.

Size: 11 x 11
Pages: 380
Plates: 212 color plates
Linen Hardbound
ISBN: 978-1-934491-67-6
Price: $80

Editor: Susan Hallsten McGarry