Private collection, Prescott, AZ, 1995, acquired from the artist
Private collection, Arizona
Authenticity was key for Bill Owen, the large and commanding figure who painted working cowboys throughout his career in the West. Born to a cowboy father and an artist mother, Owen was a merging of his parents’ interests. He lived all around Arizona, particularly in areas with rough country that would serve as inspiration for his cowboy paintings. He joined the Cowboy Artists of America in 1973 and helped stabilize the group in the 1970s and 1980s, and again after the passing of Joe Beeler in 2006. For this work, “on the drag” refers to the cowboys that ride behind the herd to keep it moving, including the slower cows with their calves. These rear positions can be exhausting and dusty, and are sometimes reserved for greener cowboys.
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Please note that the first unframed photo is most accurate for color. Framed photographs are to show the frame and are not color corrected to the painting.
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