VAIL — Thirteen years ago, when he turned 65, artist Robert Pummill, with the support of his wife of 44 years Shirley, made a decision to give himself financial freedom and retire from the constraints of museum shows, pressure from art organizations and gallery deadlines to paint for himself and whatever his heart desired. As a resident of the Texas hill country for several decades, his newfound passion was easy to see. Pummill had a fondness for the land and all its beauty that surrounded him.
Known for most of his fine art career as one of the finest painters of coaches, wagons and the teams of which pull them, Pummill has now become one of the most sought after painters of Texas landscapes. All of Pummill’s paintings are conceived in his head and sketched out until the idea compositionally meets his standard. Once he starts on a canvas, it is all about creating a beautiful painting at the very highest level of fine art. He will paint in the studio seven days a week, whenever he choses, since it is not work. Pummill is a true master of his craft, so his mind is working on color and texture, losing edges and directing the viewer intentionally through the painting.
Claggett/Rey Gallery is honored to unveil a collection of 10 major paintings that Pummill has personally selected. On display are three historical paintings of the Old West and seven landscapes of the Texas hill country.
“To represent Bob Pummill at his peak of creativity is fabulous and we do not take this lightly. We are extremely pleased to have Pummill showcasing this incredible body of work at our gallery. We are also very excited in conjunction with the show is the release of his new book, ‘Texas: The Land & The Legacy,’ which the artist will be signing (today) through (Saturday),” said Bill Rey, Claggett/Rey Gallery partner-owner. “What Robert Pummill is creating today are legacy paintings. People will study this genre of painting for generations to come to better understand the land and the legacy of truly what is, deep in the heart of Texas.”
In addition to the body of major paintings, there is one very special midsize canvas being exhibited as well. This work titled “Spring Tapestry” by Pummill is being offered as a 100 percent donation to the Bravo! Vail music festival for the annual residency of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.