Billy Schenck has been known internationally for more than 44 years as one of the originators of the contemporary Western Pop Art movement. He is an American painter who incorporates techniques from photorealism with a pop art sensibility to both exalt and poke fun at images of the West.
Schenck has had more than 100 solo shows and is included in 56 museum collections, including the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Private collections include those of , Chris Evert, Steve Forbes, Martina Navratilova, Sylvester Stallone, and the estates of Malcolm Forbes, Elaine Horwitch, Louis K. Meisel, Laurance Rockefeller, and Fritz Scholder. Corporate collections include American Airlines, First Interstate Bank, Hilton Hotels, IBM, Raymond James Financial, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Career highlights include the 2018 retrospective exhibit ion, Andy Warhol: Cowboy and Indians/ Billy Schenck: Myth of the West, at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s exhibition Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West; and the Denver Art Museum’s 2011 Western Horizons.
About Schenck, Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art, writes, “What has remained constant throughout Schenck’s career is his individuality in dealing with the subject matter of the West. Using the artistic formula of classic Western film direction and the photographically reliant systems of contemporary art, he has bridged two genres that resonate with the American experience. From early depictions of cinematic cowboys to real-life cowboys and cowgirls, to poetic reveries about the Native American existence in the Southwest, Schenck melds the real with the imagined, autobiography with fantasy.”
Billy Schenck is represented by Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Castle Galleries, London, Manchester, Leeds, and Cambridge, England; JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, and New York City; Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Visions West Contemporary, Denver, Colorado, and Bozeman, Montana.
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