Joe Beeler (1931 - 2006)
A founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America, Joe Beeler was a pioneer in contemporary western art and was accomplished in both painting and bronzes. Born in 1931 in Joplin, Missouri, Beeler grew up with cowboys, ranchers, and the Native Americans who would later inspire his art. Always with sketchbook in hand, he developed an appreciation for each culture, giving his work a definite level of authenticity.
It was not until 1958 that Beeler received his first big break when the University of Oklahoma Press hired him to illustrate some of their various western and historical publications. Within two years, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, held a one-man exhibition for him. The following year the Montana Historical Society also gave Beeler a one-man show. In 1965 he founded the Cowboy Artists of America, which lead to his one-man show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, becoming the first contemporary artist to achieve this feat.
Lot 309: Joe Beeler's Mexican Revolution, Watercolor.
Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016