Bill Owen

Artist Bio

In Cowboy Artists of America, author Michael Duty writes that Bill Owen referred to cowboys as “watchers” because “they always have to be aware of what’s going on around them.” (p. 94). Owen was a working ranch hand from the time he could ride a horse, but his desire to see the lives of cowboys–as they are–represented in art, caused him to transpose his skill at “watching” from the range to the studio. Owen once said, “My objective is to chronicle the modern, working cowboy as he lives and works today… but when my working cowboy friends drop by and say ‘Bill, that’s the way it really is’, then I know that what I’m putting on canvas is truly worth the effort.” (Howard, Ten Years with the Cowboy Artists of America, p. 187.)

Artwork to be Showcased

The Cutting Horse

Lot 43

The Cutting Horse

Oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches
Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000
Sold For: $ 8,190
A CO Bar Cowboy

Lot 372

A CO Bar Cowboy

Oil on canvas
28 x 22 inches
Estimate: $18,000 - $28,000
Sold For: $ 18,720
His String of Horses

Lot 378

His String of Horses

Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold For: $ 43,875
Range Branding

Lot 379

Range Branding

Oil on canvas
30 x 44 inches
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold For: $ 70,200