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    BILL ANTON (American, b. 1957)
    Rain Along the Front Range
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: Bill Anton ©
    Titled and signed verso: Rain Along the Front Range / Bill Anton

    Although Bill Anton is frequently called upon to participate in round-ups and various other jobs around the ranches in his home state of Arizona, he does not consider himself to be a "true cowboy." He has a deep respect for those men who work the ranches on a daily basis and whose livelihood depends on their skill on horseback and their knack with a lariat. It is that respect that drives Anton to produce paintings that show the full gamut of modern ranch life, from round-ups to solitary riders engaged in the more mundane life of cowboy work like mending fences and chasing strays. He sees the cowboy as an extension of his natural environment, and he strives to present him in as realistic a fashion as possible.

    Anton first traveled to the West when he was seven years old and immediately fell in love with the land and people there. When he was nineteen, he moved to Arizona and has remained there ever since. He began his career as an artist in 1982, and he has steadily developed a solid reputation among western art collectors. He has participated in the prestigious Prix de West exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for eleven years.

    He is an advocate of plein air painting and believes by painting outdoors directly from life, he is able to achieve a spontaneity of feeling and a sense of color that studio painting alone would not allow. In Rain Along the Front Range, Anton artfully captures a true sense of place in his depiction of two cowboys working cows and calves. In the distance rain showers the mountain side, perhaps a portent of things to come for these working cowboys. Here, Anton effectively moves from the bright colors of the sunlit foreground to the cool blues and grays of the rain soaked distant mountains. The viewer is positioned to take in the entire scene as if he were another rider, a position that Anton himself most likely occupied.

    Condition Report*: Very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    16th Wednesday
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