Craig Tennant OPAMNight Train21" x 40"
7 of 31
For Sale: $20,000.00
Craig Tennant, OPA (b. 1946) grew up in New Jersey and began his early art training in 1967 with Grey Advertising in New York. Starting in the mat room he quickly moved to mechanicals, then was made the Assistant Art Director for the Kool Aid account. In 1970, he joined the staff of illustrators at BBD&O working on major accounts including Campbell's Soup and Dodge Chrysler for national television ads. His magazine ad accounts consisted of Tarreyton, GE, Shaffer, and Pepsi (Generation). His work has appeared on the covers of Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, Muzzleloader and Beef magazines. He has been the subject of additional feature articles in Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Lifestyles, Southwest Art, American Cowboy, US Art, InformArt and others. Four of his Native American paintings are shown in Crabtree Publishing's Native Nations of North America series of children's books published in 2001. For the next twenty years, Tennant illustrated on a freelance basis for clients including TV Guide, Mechanics Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, Yearly Reports, Field & Stream, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Old Milwaukee, and IBM. He was elected a member of the New York Society of Illustrators in 1980 and received their Silver Medal Award in 1981. In 1989, Tennant moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994, to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation's top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide.) Tennant was honored with the Buyer's Choice Award at the 2008 Prix de West Invitational for "A Distant Bugle", and the Frederic Remington Painting Award in the same show in 2009. He received the People's Choice Award at the 2000 and 2001 Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale. He also received the People's Choice Award at the 2001, 2002, and 2004 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale held in Denver. He was voted 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014 Featured Artist, and 2012 Artist of the Year, by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and received their Gold Medal Award in 2013.

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