John Bye

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

John Bye has made quite an im­pres­sion in the West­ern art mar­ket. In ad­di­tion to be­ing an in­vited par­tic­i­pant in the Masters of the Amer­i­can West ex­hi­bi­tion, Bye’s art can be seen in the James Mu­seum of West­ern & Wildlife Art and has been fea­tured on the cover of West­ern Horse­man mag­a­zine. His oil rig and West­ern land­scape paint­ings have been ac­quired by prom­i­nent col­lec­tions in­clud­ing those of oil and gas com­pany own­ers.

“The land­scapes of the Amer­i­can West are vast and strik­ing. Cloud for­ma­tions are breath­tak­ing along with sun­sets and weather con­di­tions, [which] make for ex­cel­lent sub­ject mat­ter and add an­other di­men­sion to the paint­ing,” Bye says. “The West­ern land­scape ac­com­pa­nied by cow­boys or Na­tive Amer­i­cans is a test­ing jour­ney in each paint­ing I cre­ate, from con­cep­tion through to com­ple­tion. Some of my re­cent works have been of old oil town scenes from the 1920’s, wooden der­ricks and Model T Fords along with other cars and build­ings of the time.”

He con­tin­ues, “Work­ing on these has given me insight into the his­tory of the Amer­i­can oil boom, and each paint­ing holds a sense of nos­tal­gia. I’m also por­tray­ing some 20th-cen­tury cow­boys and the pump jacks that have been added to the West. I think the main in­spi­ra­tion for my work is the dra­matic scenery and weather con­di­tions that the West­ern land­scape holds, and the ad­di­tion of cow­boys into this set­ting high­lights the vast­ness of these beau­ti­ful land­scapes.”

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Top: Pump Jack Cow­boys, acrylic on linen can­vas, 24 x 36”

Mid­dle: Foggy Morn­ing, acrylic on linen can­vas, 20 x 30”

Right: Out of Town, acrylic on linen can­vas, 30 x 40”

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