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Shannon Stirnweis

Shannon Stirnweis 1 Indian Attack on Fort
Sioux Warriors prepare for moonlight attack on Ft. Kearny

  • Original commissioned oil painting completed in 1981
  • 18" by 20 3/4" oil on illustration board
  • 3" silver and gold accented frame with brown outer edge and gold fillet
  • excellent provenance
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • signed by the artist, lower right
CONDITION:  The painting and frame are in excellent condition.  The frame is newer to the piece.


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      We are pleased to add another stunning original painting by the well known and listed western artist, Shannon Stirnweis.  This original western illustration was completed in 1981 with oil on Crescent Illustration board.   It was published as a print in 1983 and appeared as Night Attack  for the Fleetwood Trails West Collection of fine art prints.  Our gallery purchased this original painting directly from the company who commissioned the painting.  Provenance will be provided to the buyer as well as the original Certificate of Authenticity.

     This is a masterful nocturne scene completed by Stirnweis.  Stalking Sioux Indian warriors are revealed by a full moon edging over the horizon and Fort Kearny.  Amid the glow of the moonlight, the Indians hide behind a formation of rocks as they coordinate an attack on the fort.

     Much of this artist's western art depicts specific times in history.  Such is the case in this painting and the others we own.  This painting depicts the Fetterman Massacre on December 21, 1866.  On this date, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel William J. Fetterman defiantly pursued a small band of Sioux warriors near Ft. Kearny.  Upon reaching Lodge Trail Ridge (outcrop of rocks in painting), he and his company were ambushed by a massive band of warriors and all were killed.  Less than two years later, the military was forced to abandon Ft. Kearny.

     Shannon Stirnweis is an accomplished and listed fine artist and illustrator of western life subjects.  He began his career as an illustrator in the US Army and pursued that career commercially illustrating for books, posters, ads and magazines such as Boy's Life, Field & Stream, and Sportsman Magazine.

     He is a member of Western Artist's of America and is shown in galleries throughout the US.  He is represented in the permanent collections of the US Dept of the Interior, US Air Force, US Army Historical Museum, US Coast Guard, Leaning Tree, Marriot, Grumbacher, Rumley, CBS, Burt Reynolds, California Federal Savings, University of Texas, University of Wyoming and the Pippin Museum.  He has participated in shows at the Hunterton Art Center, New York Historical Society, and the Smithsonian.

     The painting and frame are in excellent condition.  It is housed in beautiful 3" wide silver and gold accented frame with a brown outer edge and a gold fillet.  The frame is highly complimentary to the painting as it contrasts the dark nocturn scene well. We are also including an antique brass art lamp and the original Certificate of Authenticity.  The artist has signed the painting bottom right.