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”