Midwest Museum of American Art

Elkhart, IN



Bruce Kimberling: The Last Years in the West, 1981-1993

Bruce Kimberling, Self Portrait, 1977; oil on canvas,18 x 14 inches, courtesy of Greenfield Artworks, Middlebury, Indiana

The American West has always exerted a strong hold on the imagination. In the 19th century it embodied the limitless possibilities that were the essence of the American dream. In our own time it continues to fascinate both artists and the general public. This exhibition entitled, "BRUCE KIMBERLING: The Last Years in the West, 1981-1993", explores the work of an Indiana born artist who became well known for his illustrious style of depicting traditional western history and western landscapes.

Kimberling was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1921. His studies began at Indiana University, but took him farther east to the National Academy of Design in New York and the Farnsworth School on Cape Cod. A brief period at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, DC, was eclipsed with the advent of World War II when he served from 1944 to 1946.

Images from left to right: The Old Days, Caballeros, 1978, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches; The Way to Oregon, 1984, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches; Autumn in the West, 1981, oil on panel, 15 x 20 inches; Castle in the West, 1983, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, all paintings courtesy of Greenfield Artworks, Middlebury, Indiana

It was after the war that he made the decision to dedicate his life's work to the study and production of art, first in graphic design and later in painting. The artist's love for the exotic image and historical stories of the American West took him to New Mexico by 1970. From that period on Bruce Kimberling devoted his art to the depiction of western subjects.

This exhibition of 40 paintings, selected from a larger body of over 100 works, is on loan from Greenfield Artworks, Middlebury, Indiana, which has collected a major portion of the artist's estate since his death in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1993.

The exhibition continues through Sunday, July 25, 1999 and is graciously sponsored by Greenfield Artworks.

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