Not many artists can boast a retrospective with Andy Warhol, but Billy Schenck takes it in his stride. The original ‘granddaddy of contemporary Western art’ fuses Navajo culture, spaghetti westerns and tongue-in-cheek humour in his spectacular collection, The New West.
We took a trip to Billy’s studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico to find out more about his upcoming collection. During our time on his ranch, the real-life ranch sorting world champion taught us a thing or two about his influences…and how to herd cattle!
“I have a cinematic approach to my imagery,” the Ohio-born artist explains. “Sergio Leone brought a wry, tongue-in-cheek attitude to his work, and he spoke to the moral ambiguity of the era. I figured if Sergio could do this with film, I could do it with art – presenting an alternative vision of Western painting.”
07/12/2018The bestselling men’s magazine GQ highlighted the collection, which explores the western genre. The silkscreen prints are available online and in galleries.
18/02/2020As the quintessential American hero, the lone cowboy has legendary status in popular culture. Find out how artists including Billy Schenck, Richard Prince and Frederic Remington have depicted the iconic figure.
30/10/2019The 'Warhol of the West' has returned to reclaim his town! His colourful new artworks explore a series of fiery landscapes inspired by spaghetti westerns.
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