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Bronze sculptor Bill Nebeker began sculpting in 1964 after attending an art show by the first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, George Phippen. Nebeker then became a member of that same prestigious Western art organization in 1978. Nebeker strives to produce artwork that gives an honest and authentic portrayal of the historic American West or contemporary ranch life, with quiet tributes, subtle humor and wry observations making up the fiber of his work. Nebeker’s 20-inch-high bronze Beats Any
Job in Town, depicting a cowboy with his rope and saddle, will be included in the
Autry Museum of the American West’s annual Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale from February 8 to March 22.
“The American cowboy has always been an example of the independent, self-reliant, dependable man who always gives his boss a hard day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” says the artist, reflecting on the piece. This past fall, Nebeker was named Arizona Artist of 2019 by the Shemer Art Center & Museum in Phoenix during its annual Shemer Honors dinner gala. The award recognizes an Arizona artist who has achieved great success in his or her career and given back to the Arizona community.
Bill Nebeker (center) along with Red Steagall, Steve Todd, Marshall Trimble and Mike Ingram at the Shemer Honors dinner gala where he was named Arizona Artist of 2019 by Shemer Art Center & Museum.
Bill Nebeker, Beats Any Job in Town, bronze, 20 x 12 x 9"
Bill Nebeker, High Noon, bronze, 32 x 15 x 16”