Buckeye Blake

Buckeye Blake

Buckeye Blake is an important painter combining traditional with contemporary styles of western art. He captures the magnificent American west in a dramatic artistic style which is illustrated in his poster-like works using brilliant, bold colors. His decorative shapes fueled by his personal self-expression gives a unique impression of the west. He brings a fresh limitless portrayal to his viewers and following.

Buckeye Blake was born in California in 1946. His early life was spent traveling to rodeos where he saw the subjects that he loves to paint first hand. After moving to Nevada in his early teens, he began painting and selling his work. He is mostly self-taught, though his mother was an artist, and he studied the works of Charles M. Russell, Maynard Dixon and other illustrators. Buckeye’s following in Nevada grew, and he was doing commissions for Scripps Howard Publishing. In 1977, he moved to Montana with his wife Tona and son Teal where he continued his career painting and sculpting. His life size bronze of Charles M. Russell in downtown Great Falls, Montana, heroic size bronze of Kit Carson in front of the capital in Carson City, Nevada, and a retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in 1993 showing his artistic works have made him highly collectible. One thing you can say about Buckeye Blake, his work is a breath of fresh air conveying a glimpse into the west we all love.