Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Art Review - "Diamond A Cowboy" by James Reynolds - Booth Western Art Museum

Last week, Kimberly and I had the chance to visit the Booth Western Art Museum, which has a diverse and extensive collection of western art, so, for this week's #museumtourtuesday, I'd like to share one of my favorite pieces at the Booth.

James Reynolds was an American illustrator, working for most of the major film studios. In 1968, he left Hollywood behind and settled in Sedona, Arizona, focusing on western art. He went on to become the first artist to win the prestigious Prix de West International Award.
 
I was immediately struck by the sense of light in the painting below. Through the use of rich color and strong value contrasts, Reynolds masterfully captured the early morning sun. The painting just glows when seen in person.
 
"Diamond A Cowboy" • James Reynolds • Oil on Masonite • 1984

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

 
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