Buckeye Blake

Buckeye Blake

Buckeye Blake, born 1946, is an artist whose experience as a working cowboy gave him first-hand knowledge of Western subjects. His paintings exhibit a fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop culture interpretations of western figures, especially cowboy and cowgirl iconography. He approaches traditional themes with humor, strong sense of design, and a sunny palette, all of which give his work a lighthearted flavor. 

Blake has said of his work that it combines “fine art with decorative style, the idea to create an era, a nostalgia, so the image can evoke memories of a simple time.” His work is a breath of fresh air conveying a glimpse into the West we love. Besides painting and sculpture, he has done silk scarves, album covers, furniture, dinnerware, clothing and travel canvas bags.

In 1993, Buckeye had a restrospective show at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming called "Art of the Western Front."

In 2012, Buckeye was named Artist of the Year at the Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY. Permanent Collections include the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 3M Museum, Denver Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, Wells Fargo, Harmsen Collection, and Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ. His work, in the form of life-size bronze statues can be found at C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; McBain Foundation, Woodside, CA; Kit Carson, Carson City, NV; and Reno Rodeo, Reno, NV.

Buckeye and his colorful pieces have been featured in Western Art & Architecture, Dallas Magazine, Western Horseman, Polo, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He shows his work at Big Horn Gallery, Cody, WY and Tubac, AZ; Trailside Gallery, Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ; Prescott Museum, Prescott, AZ;  American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, and Trailside Gallery.