One of the originators of the Western Pop Art movement, Billy Schenck incorporates techniques from photorealism with a Pop Art sensibility to both exalt and poke fun at images of the West. Schenck is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style, whereby colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. In the August 2014 issue of Southwest Art magazine, his work was described as “a stance . . . a pendulum between the romantic and the irreverent.”
Schenck’s artwork is now in fifty-one museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Phoenix Art Museum, the Autry Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Mesa Southwest Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Private collectors include Chris Evert, the estate of Malcolm Forbes, Laurance Rockefeller, the estate of Fritz Scholder, and Sylvester Stallone. Corporate collectors include American Airlines; IBM; Sony, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
With more than 100 solo shows in the U.S. and Europe, his career highlights include the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s exhibition Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West, the Denver Art Museum’s 2011 Western Horizons, and participating in Masters of the American West at the Autry.
In 2016 his serigraph El Idiota was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for its permanent collection. He was also honored with a retrospective exhibition, Billy Schenck’s West: A Retrospective, at the Roswell Museum of Art in New Mexico.
A genuine cowboy himself, Schenck is a ranch-sorting world champion and the proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the past two decades.
Billy Schenck is represented by Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona; Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, and New York City; Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Visions West Contemporary, Denver Colorado.
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