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.
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