Buckeye Blake is an artist whose experience as a working cowboy gave him firsthand knowledge of Western subjects. His great-grandfather was a pioneer breeder of Quarter Horses, and Blake grew up traveling the rodeo circuit with his father.
Although his mother was an artist, Buckeye had no formal training and began his artistic career painting scenery in Hollywood and signs in Carson City.
His paintings and bronzes exhibit a fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop culture interpretations of Western figures, especially cowboy and cowgirl iconography. He approaches traditional themes with humor, a strong sense of design and a sunny palette, all of which give his work a lighthearted flavor. His work combines “fine art with a decorative style. The idea is to create an era, a nostalgia so the image can evoke memories of a simpler time.”
An eclectic artist, Buckeye has turned his hand to everything from labels, posters and silk scarves to furniture and china. His inventive lettering style in Mustang Mesa is reminiscent of his rodeo and cowboy poetry posters.
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