The Hautman Brothers have established themselves among America’s foremost wildlife artists. All three brothers have received numerous honors and awards, and have dominated many state and national duck stamp competitions. James, Robert and Joseph Hautman have seen their art featured on over 50 state and federal stamps and have won the highly coveted Federal Duck Stamp Contest a total of 15 times including an unprecedented podium sweep, taking first, second and third place in 2015.
The Hautmans are so dominant in what is considered the ultimate prize in wildlife art that their talents were noted in a subplot of the Oscar-winning movie Fargo. The self-taught artists and the sibling's rivalry were also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Additionally both the book The Wild Duck Chase as well as the documentary Million Dollar Duck which aired on The Animal Planet, prominently feature the Hautman Brothers while exploring the unique world of competitive duck painting; the cornerstone of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs which has raised more than one billion dollars and preserved over six million acres of land.
Watch the Ducks Unlimited film featuring the Hautman Brothers as they hunt together and reflect on the connections between their artwork and wildlife conservation.
The brothers have received national accolades from newspapers such as USA Today, The Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and The St Paul Pioneer Press, as well as Time, US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated and many more. The Hautmans’ creations have been personally presented to the president in the Oval Office and are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. In 2003 the three Hautman Brothers were selected to design a series of endangered species stamps for the United Nations.
James Hautman’s career took off in 1989 when, at the age of 25, he became the youngest artist to win the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Award. He has since won five more times including his most recent victory in 2021 which set a record for the most wins in competition history. He was commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species stamp designs. In addition Jim was chosen as the Ducks Unlimited 2011 Artist of the Year as well as 2014 Pheasants Forever Artist of the year.
Robert Hautman's career was launched in 1987 with his first duck stamp win. Since then he has gone on to win numerous awards and duck stamps, including the Federal Duck Stamp three times. He was commissioned by the United Nations to paint a series of endangered species stamp designs, and was chosen to be the 2013 Pheasants Forever Artist of the Year.
Joe Hautman, the eldest of the three brothers. With his victory in 2022 he has now won the Federal Duck Stamp competition a total of six times. He has designed several state wildlife stamps and his artwork has been used to raise funds for many non-profit conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Sierra Club. Painting is a second career for Joe, who holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics.
While the majority of the Hautman Brothers designs are North American wildlife, they have also painted a variety of animals from around the world such as tigers, pandas and penguins. For a look at their latest paintings, visit www.hautman.com or see their entire library of artwork at www.mhslicensing.com.
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