Craig Tennant, OPAM (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 Tareyton, GE, Shaffer, and Pepsi (Generation). For the next twenty years, Craig 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, Craig moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He was soon commissioned for three Master Works by the prestigious Anschutz Collection in Denver, and shortly thereafter by Park Meadows Shopping Resort for a painting for the Nordstrom entrance. His work also resides in the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Craig is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and winner of their Best of Show, Master Signature Gold Medal Award twice, Neil Patterson Award, Fredericksburg Award and Impressionistic Award of Excellence in the Master Signature Division.
Additional Awards include:
Prix de West Invitational – Buyer’s Choice Award 2008
Frederick Remington Award 2009
Stampede Western Invitational – People’s Choice Award 2000, 2001
Coors Western Art Exhibit – People’s Choice Award 2001, 2002, 2004
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Featured Artist 2005, 2006, 2007
His work has been the subject of featured articles in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Lifestyles, Western Horseman, and American Cowboy as well as cover art for Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, and Muzzleloader magazines.
Three of his paintings will be featured in the Ken Burns documentary film titled “The American Buffalo” on PBS this fall.
Craig continues to paint on a daily basis in his Golden, Colorado studio.
Craig Tennant Painting, Oil on Linen 16 X 20 (Interest categories: Oil on Linen, Little Boy, Native American, Painting, Western Art, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Craig Tennant Artist)