William Matthews (b. 1949)

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Lot of six large charcoal drawings: studies for "The Colorado Pioneers" Commission; a) Ute Elder, b) Cowboy, c) Miner, d) Trapper, e) Merchant, f) Pioneer Mother. Each is signed and titled, each measures 56” x 29” and all are framed alike to 69 1/2" x 39 1/2".

The works, all charcoal on paper, served as preliminary studies for a commission from the City of Denver’s Public Art Program. The six large-scale watercolors were installed on permanent display in the Denver Convention Center, which boasts on its website: “Mr. Matthews’s paintings convey a thematic viewpoint of the various people and cultures that have informed Colorado’s rich history.” Matthews modeled the facial features of the figures after his family and friends, including himself. 

Lot 125, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Estimate $10,000-14,000.