John Farnsworth – Contemporary Realism – Fine Art Reproductions

Archival Pigment Prints are museum quality fine art reproductions, often called Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay”), they are the result of highly advanced digital printing technology.

An archival pigment print is as close to an original you can get. These artworks are made with an ultra-high-resolution fine-art printer, using seven cartridges of the very finest archival inks on acid free paper. Independent testing by Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (a world-leader in image-longevity testing) has established that these “Archival-Prints” or Giclées will last more than 200 years before any noticeable shift in color integrity occurs. Unlike regular printed reproductions, Giclées are durable “Museum quality” fine art reproductions.

All Measurements are in inches

Please contact gallery for availability and prices, we are always buying and accepting consignments.  480-947-2787


I was born in Williams, Arizona, on March 4, 1941. My father was an engineer on the Santa Fe Railroad. My grandfather and uncles all worked for the railroad. My maternal grandfather, and, later my step-father, and his father were loggers and sawmill workers. So I grew up in towns along the railroad, and in the logging camps of Northern Arizona.

When I was nine years old, my mother and new step-father took me with them to visit Taos, New Mexico, her birthplace. I was captivated by Taos pueblo, and deeply impressed by my mother’s love of the area, which remained strong, even though she had moved to Arizona as a child following the death of her father. Frequently, as they strolled down the sidewalks of Taos, my parents would realize I had vanished. Backtracking, they would find me, entranced, in yet another art gallery.

I still remember, as plainly as though it were happening now, standing in one of those galleries, watching two men discuss a painting on the wall. It suddenly occurred to me that, somehow, one of the men was the painting. That the painting was him. And that I was one too! It was at that moment that I became an artist. I knew that whatever else I might do from then on, I would always be an artist. And I am still an artist. I just look a lot different…

Following High School, I started checking out painting books from the library, and teaching myself to paint. The only books the Flagstaff library had on painting at that time were those on Ted Kautzky, Rex Brandt, and Charles M. Russell. I also had some old Arizona Highways articles on Maynard Dixon and W.R. Leigh.

When I joined the Army in 1959, I was stationed in Los Angeles, where I had access to a broader field of study. I also attended occasional lectures by Rex Brandt, Noel Quinn, and others. While in the service, I continued to paint in watercolor, read all I could, and enrolled in the Famous Artists’ Schools correspondence course. After a few lessons, I noticed the recurring admonitions, in bold type: YOU LEARN TO PAINT BY PAINTING, and YOU LEARN TO DRAW BY DRAWING. I thought that was about the best advice I would ever get, so I dropped the course, and have concentrated on drawing and painting ever since.

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