151 A Co Bar Cowboy

Winning Bid Undisclosed
This item SOLD at 2015 Apr 11 @ 13:32UTC-7 : PDT/MST
Category Western Americana
Auction Currency USD
Start Price NA
Estimated at 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD
A Co Bar Cowboy
Artist: Owen, BillDate of Birth: 1942-2013
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 28 x 22 inches
Signed: Signed lower right/CA and dated 1978

In Cowboy Artists of America, author Michael Duty writes that Bill Owen referred to cowboys as ÒwatchersÓ because Òthey always have to be aware of whatÕs going on around them.Ó (p. 94). Owen was a working ranch hand from the time he could ride a horse, but his desire to see the lives of cowboysÑ as they areÑrepresented in art, caused him to transpose his skill at ÒwatchingÓ from the range to the studio. In A CO Bar Cowboy, Owen commits himself to the straightforward, journalistic aesthetic that characterizes the CAA (in which he was an early member). The painting offers an insiderÕs glimpse at calf roping; it is as if the painting were a snapshot taken by another cowboy.