Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
Premier Art Auction, Jackson, WY, 2005
Scottsdale Art Auction, Scottsdale, AZ, 2009
As an illustrator, Kenneth Riley’s early work focused on storytelling in dramatic, even cinematic, images of soldiers, police detectives, factory workers and politicians. By the time Riley, who had trained under Harvey Dunn and Thomas Hart Benton, moved from the East Coast to Arizona—first to Tombstone in 1971, and then to Tucson in 1973—his work had developed a modern style as abstract forms and sharp lines emerged within his Western narratives. Those abstracted shapes he was so fond of can be seen in Apache Scouts as rock formations, bone-dry creek beds and dramatic ridgelines.
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