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Bill Anton

Artist Bill Anton portrait
Bill Anton was born in Chicago in 1957 and later moved to Prescott, Arizona. Bill Anton graduated from Northern Arizona University. Bill Anton has been published in Southwest Art, Architectural Digest, Art of the West, Equine Images, Western Horseman and Art-Talk. Corporate collections that include Bill Anton's work are Sears, Dupont, State Farm Insurance, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, and Trust Company of the West. Bill Anton's award winning work has been displayed at the Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Masters of the American West at The Autry Museum, The National Center for American Western Art, the Old West Museum, and The National Museum of Wildlife Art. In addition, Bill Anton's work is in the permanent collection of the prestigious Gilcrease Museum.

"I do not see myself as a biographer of the "cowboy." I know some artists feel they are recording an historical portayal of ranch life today in the American West. But the focus of my work has always been mood and passion. If I'm recording anything, I'm recording how I feel about the West. I want the viewer to feel the drama of atmosphere and the mystery of a western night. I want the volume and portent of a cloud to be evident in the calligraphy of a brush stroke. The pack of the muscle below a horse's shoulder should be energized by the gestural application of paint." - Bill Anton

Amidst this nobility is its caretaker: the rancher. With the natural ease of generations bred to the saddle, he is a powerful image, further ennobled by a fine horse. Bill Anton, an artist under the spell of the west has the privilege of marshaling the virtues of landscape, figure and equine painting into one supremely paintable subject: the American cowboy.

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