Since 1976, the Thomas Nygard Gallery collection has evolved to offer the finest quality art of the American West. We specialize in 19th and 20th Century American art with an emphasis on historical art of the Northern Plains. The Gallery also displays paintings of the Taos Society of Artists, Rocky Mountains, Hudson River and California Schools.
For over three decades the Thomas Nygard Gallery has worked with a broad array of clients, from the private collector to estates, corporations and institutions. The Gallery provides a full range of offerings including framing, conservation and restoration, appraisals, scholarship, curatorial management, packing and transport, photography, auction representation, acquisitions and sales.
Guests commonly find works by such noteworthy artists as Bierstadt, Borein, Farny, Moran, O'Keeffe, Remington, Russell and Sharp to name a few. Also featured is the finest collection of Sporting Art, the genre the gallery was originally founded on and still maintains today.
In 2000 the gallery relocated to a second level location in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman. The remodeled space occupies a structure erected in 1882 when the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in the Gallatin Valley. Visitors find the space elegantly adorned with oriental rugs, fine furniture and the original brick walls and pine floors. The gallery itself features a state-of-the-art lighting system. The location has provided extensive space and allowed us to offer a grater selection of works
Montana works to our client's advantage for several reasons. While we are no more removed from the art world than a gallery in New York City we are fortunate to be situated in an outdoor mecca where one can participate in activities such as fly-fishing the finest blue ribbon trout streams in the lower forty-eight states. For those interested in history and culture, a visit along the Lewis and Clark trail is quite enticing. Most importantly, when you visit the gallery you are assured the privacy and the anonymity you deserve.
Thomas Nygard served as President of FADA for two years and was a member of the Board of Directors for 13 years. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Charles M. Russell Museum and Board of Trustees of the Montana Historical Society and it's Executive Committee.
The Thomas Nygard Gallery is always interested in purchasing individual works of art as well as complete collections and estates. We respectfully offer you our assistance in the field of collecting. We encourage your inquiries and invite you to visit us.
Alexander P. ProctorBiography of the Artist
Alexander P. Proctor
(1862 - 1950)
16 3/4 inches
Signed lower center, A. Phimister Proctor / SC.
• Private collection, Texas • Private collection, New Mexico
Alexander P. Proctor
(1862 - 1950)
Alexander Phimister Proctor was born in Ontario Canada in 1862 to second generation pioneers. In the spring of 1871 the family moved to Denver, Colorado with the hope of prosperity. Exploring the Colorado Rockies with his father, Proctor developed a permanent interest in wildlife. Through studying and sketching specimens he developed a deep visual understanding of their artistic merits. Proctor moved to New York in 1885 where he enrolled at the National Academy of Design and the Art Student's League. In 1887 he met the sculptor John Rodgers and under his tutelage took up the modeling of wild animals seriously. After several years of winter studies in New York and summer adventures in the mountains of Washington and Colorado, Proctor's plans were to return to New York. On his return he was intercepted by a telegram from Chicago inviting him there for what was to be his greatest opportunity. In 1891 he arrived in Chicago to begin his newly commissioned work for the World's Colombian Exposition that was to open in 1893. He sculpted thirty-five life-size animals depicting those he hunted and studied in his mountain adventures. He also created two enormous equestrian sculptures. The work brought Proctor into the international spotlight and financial stability. Seeking a more formal education he moved to Paris for a year and studied at the Julien Academy under the tutelage of Denys Puech. There his work won the admiration of Parisian art critics and Augustas Saint-Gauden. Returning to the states, he began work on sculptures of General Logan and General Sherman for Saint-Gauden. In 1896 Proctor received the Rinehart Scholarship and was back in Paris for three years of study. His bronzes Stalking Panther and The Indian Warrior were exhibited at the Paris Exposition of Nineteen hundred and won him the Gold Medal. Proctor had as many commissions as he could handle. He often was overlapping them to satisfy his demand. Over the course of his life he created a prodigious amount of art. His enthusiasm and love of life is seen in all his sculptures that can be found across the states and around the world.