Kenneth Riley

Artist Bio

Ken Riley was born in Missouri in 1919. He loved both music and art, played the drums and painted. But art sunk its hooks deep, and he soon found himself studying, first in Kansas City with Thomas Hart Benton, then in New York with George Bridgman and Harvey Dunn. After serving as a combat artist during the Second World War, Riley made a name in illustration, producing work for Bantam Books, The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, and Life magazine and traveling through Europe, North Africa, and the Far East. But the American West kindled Riley’s passion for fine art and he began to paint the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Grand Teton National Park, the Black Hills, the Badlands and in the Southwest. In 1982, Riley became a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, receiving gold medals in 1984, 1988, 1989, 1993, and winning the Prix de West in 1995. Riley never looked back, and we have never looked away. His paintings can be found in important public and private collections, including the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Booth Western Art Museum, and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Artwork to be Showcased

Chief

Chief

Acrylic
6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
The Coup

The Coup

Acrylic
12 x 17 1/2 inches
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
The Guardian

The Guardian

Oil on board
30 x 28 inches
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Scouts

Scouts

Acrylic
4 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
The New Land

The New Land

Oil on board
22 x 36 inches
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph

Oil on board
7 1/2 x 6 inches
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000