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Spirit of the West


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Arjun Gupta graduated from Amherst College, Massachusetts, and completed graduate studies at SOAS, University of London, the University of Toronto, and the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Dayton Law School. He served as Managing Editor of Aperture Publishing, New York, in the late nineties.

Presently, he makes his home in San Francisco with his wife and son.


A collection of one of the premier Frontler Artists. A beautifully illustrated tribute to a remarkable, self-taught artist of the West, the eighty-one oil paintings by Brestler featured in this volume depict perennial and endearing aspects of the West. The graphic style of Don Brestler is among the best in the school of "Frontier Art," a tradition that extends from Charlie Russell, Frederick Verner and Paul Kane through Karl Bodmer and Frederic Remington. His self-taught qualities will remind some viewers of a skilled Grandma Moses. Brestler's art owes much to the tradition of book illustration and dime store novels of the Old West. The accurate depictions of range life of the cowboy and the animals of the Pacific Northwest come from the artist's own experience Don Brestler was born in the dirty thirties in Calgary, Canada. From his youth he worked as a ranch hand and cowboy. He broke horses and rode broncos in rodeos. He was a constable in Calgary before pursuing his art career, which includes designing and illustrating more than 100 greeting cards.

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