Bill Owen, Cowboy Artist, Inc.Location: Kirkland, AZPrimary Medium: Fine art artist, portraying the contemporary working cowboy in oil painting, sculpture, watercolor, drawing
Bill Owen, Cowboy Artist, Inc.
Bill Owen was born in 1942 in
Gila Bend, Arizona to a mother who was an artist and a father who had been a
cowboy throughout the early 1900s. These influences shaped his desire to be an
artist and cultivated his interest in the cowboy lifestyle. Having inherited
the God-given talent, it was only natural he would strive to become an artist
who chronicles the lives and works of the contemporary cowboy.
Bill has exhibited at the Whitney Museum in Cody, Wyoming, the Grand Palais
in Paris, France, and at the Western Art Show in Beijing, China. In 1991 Bill
was voted into the National Academy of Western Artists; in 1993 he became a
member and staff artist of Rancheros Visitadores and that same year was awarded
the Frederic Remington Award for Artistic Merit by the Cowboy Hall of Fame. In
1996 the prestigious Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma honored Bill as their
Rendezvous Artist and at the 2003 Prix de West Invitational Exhibition and Sale
he became the first recipient of “Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award.”
Inducted into the Cowboy Artists of America in 1973, Bill has served as CAA
President three times and has earned numerous medals and awards at the annual
show. Two awards that mean the
most to Bill are the CAA Award, which he has won four times. This coveted award is decided by a vote
of the active CAA members for the best overall exhibition. The other is the Traditional Cowboy
Arts Association Award for Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject. Bill has won this award twice, and it
is decided by a vote of the active TCAA members from the entire CAA
In 1989, while practicing for a rodeo, Bill survived a freak accident which
resulted in the loss of sight in his right eye, affecting his depth perception
and forcing him to give up sculpting.
He never allowed himself to consider this loss a handicap but greatly
missed the medium for thirteen years, successfully resuming sculpting in 2002.
For all of Bill’s artistic achievements, he is especially proud of The
Arizona Cowpuncher’s Scholarship Organization, which he founded in 1995 to help
finance college educations for young people from Arizona ranching families.
Bill and his wife Valerie live in Kirkland, Arizona.
Two Generations - Bill and Vic Howell - Painting
Cowboss Scattering the Hands - Painting
Waiting Out the Storm - Painting
Going to the Fire - Painting
Packin' Salt - Sketch, Drawing or Concept
Cynthia's Longhorn - Other
Range Branding - Painting
by Jennifer Morrison Godshalk A Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist