Art and Southwest

Irby Brown: Southwest Landscape Paintings

Richard Brunson
Edited by Joshua Falconer

Winner of the 2016 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association

Winner of the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Arts Book

Gold Winner of the 2016 PubWest Book Design Award for Adult Trade Book, Illustrated

Known as a painter’s painter, Irby Brown has been ranked among the foremost landscape artists of the American West. He is especially well-known for his striking plein-air work and his keen eye for light and color. This survey of his life and career is a long-overdue introduction to Brown’s exceptional talent and techniques.

Irby Brown showcases sixty of Brown’s finest landscape paintings, each in full color and on a full page. Narratives by the artist and fellow artists and patrons bring each of these pictures to life. The introduction discusses the most characteristic features of Brown’s art and is followed by a brief biography that outlines his earliest influences, his military and art school years, and the story of how he became a professional artist. More than forty additional images of Brown’s portraits, landscapes, field studies, and watercolors appear throughout the book, enhancing Brunson’s exploration of Brown’s artistic vision, biography, and process.


Richard Brunson was born and raised in Kansas. A graduate of West Point and Michigan State, he served in the armed forces and is a decorated Korean War veteran. After a long teaching career he turned to painting, studying at Lamar University and in many workshops. He has lived in Santa Fe since 1991.

12.5 x 10 in. 200 pages 116 color illustrations