Harold Holden

Harold Holden

Primarily known as a cowboy artist, Harold T. Holden, or “H,” as he is known to most folks, has been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for over forty years. While his work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp, his public sculptures have kept him busy the last few years, with twenty-two monuments completed. In 2001, H received the Governor’s Art Award from Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. In 2005, he was selected as a Distinguished Alumni from Oklahoma State University, and in 2012, he was elected into membership in the Cowboy Artists of America.

His most recent public work is his life- and one-quarter–size monument of former slave-turned U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. H was featured in a solo retrospective in August 2010 at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014. In April 2017, H was the first Oklahoma artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was featured  in a two-man show titled Cowboys and Indians in April 2017 along with fellow Oklahoman Mike Larsen.   

H also participates regularly in Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; Cowboy Artists of America in Oklahoma City; Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles; and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, TX.

H lives near Kremlin, Oklahoma, with his wife Edna Mae.