Bill Ne­beker

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

Bill Ne­beker’s orig­i­nal in­spi­ra­tions for his sculp­tures were the an­i­mals and peo­ple he saw on his par­ents’ and grand­par­ents’ farms. He made horses, dogs, cows, bears, guns and sad­dles and soon went on to sculpt peo­ple. Ne­beker’s sculp­tures are rec­og­nized for their au­then­tic­ity, at­ten­tion to de­tail, re­al­ism and ac­tion in the horses, cow­boys, wildlife and Na­tive Amer­i­cans. His ideas come from the ac­tiv­i­ties he par­tic­i­pates in— hunt­ing, fish­ing, team rop­ing, work­ing cat­tle on ranches—or from things he has re­searched.

“My an­ces­tors took part in the Ok­la­homa Land Rush, and as a child those sto­ries flooded my imag­i­na­tion,” he says. “Movies and tele­vi­sion had a huge in­flu­ence upon me, and I al­ways wanted to be the good guy putting the bad guys in jail, the cow­boy who saved the cat­tle from drought, cared for the land, the brave In­dian warrior fight­ing to save his tribe or the cavalry sol­dier sav­ing pi­o­neers from dan­ger or dis­as­ter.”

Ne­beker con­tin­ues, “My wife Merry has al­ways called me, Richie Cun­ning­ham, from Happy Days, be­cause I was raised by hon­est, hard­work­ing par­ents and grew up in the wel­com­ing, beau­ti­ful and his­toric town of Prescott, Ari­zona, and my sculp­tures grow out of my love of God’s cre­ation, America, its his­tory and heritage and the de­sire to honor those who came be­fore me.”

Ne­beker will par­tic­i­pate in the Prix de West at the Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum, June 8 to Au­gust 4; have a pre­sen­ta­tion and demo at Broad­moor Gal­leries, July 19 to 21; and he will un­veil his mon­u­men­tal bronze If Horses Could Talk this sum­mer in Prescott.

Bill Ne­beker with the foam for his bronze If Horses Could Talk, mea­sur­ing 15 by 10 by 9 feet, which will have six editions.

If Horses Could Talk, bronze, 20 x 15 x 12”

Hare-raisin’ Ride, bronze, 23 x 12 x 9"

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