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Carl Hantman

Birth place or City of origin: New Bedford
State of origin: MA
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Start/Birth date: 1935
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Born in the whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts near the sea, Carl Hantman grew up all along the east coast from New York City to Washington, D.C. to Florida. Despite his east coast roots, Carl has found a niche painting the Apache Indians of the American Southwest, specifically the period of 1860-1900.

His first job in the art field was as an illustrator, creating, among other work, covers for western novels by Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey and Max Brand.

Hantman's early training formed the basis for his historically accurate paintings that are realistic in technique yet full of energy, rhythm and heart. His paintings continue to tell the story of the West in a way that brings it alive for all of us.

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Carl Hantman is an oil painter of the Old West in a traditional style. For ideas, he has artifacts, gear, clothing, and more than 5,000 old Western movie stills. In addition, he does a great deal of preliminary work, including small oil sketches and posing models on the roof of his city apartment.

Hantman thinks artists should get as much professional training as possible, and studied at the University of Miami in the 1950s, for eight years at the Art Students League, and later worked as a commercial artist. He has painted more than two hundred covers for Western paperbacks, and was featured in Southwest Art, fall 1976.

Source: Harold and Peggy Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists


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