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

Spring Song (study)

Lot 127

Spring Song (study)

Acrylic
5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Sold For: $ 9,360
Chief

Lot 128

Chief

Acrylic
6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Sold For: $ 5,850
The Coup

Lot 130

The Coup

Acrylic
12 x 17 1/2 inches
Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000
Sold For: $ 12,870
The Bone Whistle

Lot 233

The Bone Whistle

Acrylic
16 x 12 inches
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Sold For: $ 23,400
Blood Brothers

Lot 235

Blood Brothers

Oil on canvas
40 x 44 inches
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
The Guardian

Lot 344

The Guardian

Oil on board
30 x 28 inches
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold For: $ 38,025
Scouts

Lot 345

Scouts

Acrylic
4 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Sold For: $ 5,850
Mandan Warrior

Lot 346

Mandan Warrior

Acrylic
4 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches
Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000
Sold For: $ 7,605
Evening Flute Song

Lot 347

Evening Flute Song

Acrylic
4 3/4 x 4 inches
Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000
Sold For: $ 8,775
The New Land

Lot 349

The New Land

Oil on board
22 x 36 inches
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold For: $ 23,400
Chief Joseph

Lot 350

Chief Joseph

Oil on board
7 1/2 x 6 inches
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Sold For: $ 11,700
Sunset Warrior

Lot 351

Sunset Warrior

Acrylic
4 x 4 1/2 inches
Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000
Sold For: $ 4,973