Since 1969, Jim Wilcox has painted extensively in Jackson Hole and in many other places throughout the world. Through his art career, he has been able to live in and visit his favorite places, express in paint the beauty that surrounds him, and call it work.
In 1987, he won the coveted Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West—an award he says changed his life. He also won the prestigious Frederic Remington Painting Award at the 2002 and 2007 Prix de West. In 1994, he won the Arts for the Parks award with its accompanying $50,000 Grand Prize. Between 1987 and 2002, the years he participated in that show, he took away a record seven different awards.
In 2017 Wilcox participated in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, the Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show & Sale, the Western Visions Show and Sale, the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Rims to Ruins Exhibition & Sale. In 2014 he was the Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. Wilcox has participated in the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West since 2001 and in 2013 won the Masters of the American West Purchase Award for Moki Canyon Reflections. He was the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s Featured Artist in 2003 with his acclaimed painting Celebration of Fall. In 2001, he was one of four artists invited to participate in the Rendezvous art show at the Gilcrease Museum, where he exhibited 47 paintings for three months. Among his many other awards are the Founder’s Award of Merit at the Brinton Museum’s 2018 Bighorn Rendezvous and the Ben Stahl Artists’ Choice Award at the 2011 Western Rendezvous of Art.
Numerous national magazines and television shows have featured Wilcox, and he also appears in two current instructional videos. Light, which he has always considered his primary subject regardless of what it enhances, continues to fascinate him. Though realistic in his painting technique, the beautiful abstract patterns that he finds in nature continue to be an important part of his work. The changing qualities of light and abstract patterns combine with bold, painterly brush work to become a part of his unique vision of the world—the world as seen through the eyes of an artist.
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