Announcing Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed from Flesk Publications!

Flesk Publications is pleased to announce the availability of Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West by Walt Reed. The introduction is by Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum. This is the definitive book on this powerful painter, illustrator, and teacher!

Harvey Dunn was one of twentieth century America’s most powerful illustrators, painters and teachers. This comprehensive volume covers a major portion of his illustrations and paintings for the first time. Content includes illustration art, pioneer and western works, and his powerful World War I pieces inspired by his battlefield sketches. Also included are the rarely seen nudes, portraits, and murals. Paintings from museums and private collections showcase the full range of this talented American artist.

For this book, many original paintings were tracked down and re-photographed in order to reintroduce the work of this important artist. Until now, most of Dunn’s paintings and illustrations have been unavailable to the public in their original form.

Locations of pictures in public collections are listed, as are the original publication dates and places. Additionally, a section is devoted to the artist’s working and teaching methods. Also included is a reprinting of Dunn’s “An Evening in the Classroom,” compiled from notes made during critiques, passing on his inspirational teaching philosophy. A comprehensive list of Dunn’s students with sample art is included as well.

This massive collection features 294 color and 73 black and white plates within 304 pages. The book dimensions are 12.5” x 9.75”. Two editions are available; A hardbound with jacket (ISBN: 978-1-933865-19-5) with a cover price of $50.00 and a Deluxe Limited hardbound with slipcase (ISBN: 978-1-933865-20-1) with the cover price of $125.00. Sample pages for the book are available on the Harvey Dunn book featured page on the Flesk website. Visit the Flesk online store to order, or view our contact page for more options. This book is not available to the book trade, including Amazon. For individual store orders, please contact John Fleskes for details.

Deluxe Edition Details (View multiple pictures of the Deluxe Edition at the Flesk website)

This special edition is limited to 350 copies in slipcase, signed by the author and specially bound and numbered. It contains the proof of an undated photo of Harvey Dunn. It also contains the image of Dunn’s previously unpublished experimental painting “Romance,” from the 1920s. Only 100 copies will be for sale through Flesk. The remaining copies will be reserved for the South Dakota Art Museum and Illustration House, NYC.

Praise For Harvey Dunn

“N.C. Wyeth, my father, was a great friend of Harvey Dunn and thought highly of his work—I feel the same way and think his work is very powerful.”

—Andrew Wyeth
Chadd’s Ford, PA

“South Dakota has every reason to be proud of Harvey Dunn. Born and raised in a homesteading family, he painted an authentic and artistic record of the settlement of our great state that will continue to inspire us for generations to come.”

—M. Michael Rounds
Governor, State of South Dakota

“We take great pride in our native son Harvey Dunn and have had the privilege of knowing his work intimately through the Museum Collection. Now we can share that pride with the rest of the country through the handsome reproductions of his work in this volume. After this introduction we invite you to visit us in person.”

—Lynn Verschoor
Director, South Dakota Art Museum

“I had always been drawn to Howard Pyle and his outstanding disciples, but my first introduction to Harvey Dunn’s paintings was a revelation; dramatic and colorful, combined with a dedication to truth and I am proud to have his work in my collection.”

—Richard Kelly
The Kelly Collection of American Illustration

“This work definitively brings to light the life and art of one of this nation’s greatest painters, illustrators and teachers. Dunn believed in the usefulness of pictures and that their primary motive was to convey feelings that is universal to all mankind.”

—George Fernandez
Professor, SUNY—Farmingdale

About Walt Reed

In 1974 Walt Reed founded Illustration House, Inc. Reed was part of the instructional staff of the Famous Artists School. There he worked with some of America’s most prominent illustrators, including Norman Rockwell, Stevan Dohanas, Robert Fawcett and Albert Dorne. His previous books include, The Illustrator in America, Harold von Schmidt Draws and Paints the Old West, Great American Illustrators, and The Art of Tom Lovell. Reed was editor for North Light Publications in 1972-1976. He designed the Bicentennial 50 State Flag stamps and has been a consultant on several subsequent stamp projects.

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