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Gordon Snidow (b. 1936)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : CAA

Gordon Snidow Realist painter of the contemporary cowboy in opaque watercolor, born in Paris, Missouri in 1936 and living in Ruidoso, New Mexico. “I like to think I had something to do with the popularity of Western art,” Snidow says. “Hell, I was doing it when it wasn’t paying anything. Now it’s doing well and I wouldn’t leave it for the world. I feel very fortunate, and my life couldn’t be better. “I remember my first art show in the second grade in Tulsa. I also had instruction in junior high in Sherman, Texas. Dad found a teacher to give me private lessons in Enid, Oklahoma, and enrolled me in the Famous Artists School. Then I discovered the Gilcrease Museum when I was twelve and I decided I wanted to be a cowboy artist.” After high school, he went to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, graduating in 1959 and selling his first Western painting for $125 in Tulsa. He sold two more Western paintings in Taos, New Mexico but to support his family became a commercial artist in Albuquerque. In 1965, he joined the new Cowboy Artists of America who banded together for art shows, and in 1971 he became a full-time painter. “Rembrandt has a place in my life,” he adds, “not because I paint like he did, but because he has influenced me philosophically. He painted the people of his time. My approach to the cowboy is a Rembrandt approach, because I am painting the people of our time.” Snidow has won seven gold and seven silver medals at the CAA shows, plus the Popular Choice Award twice and the Best of Show twice. Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C

  • CAA = Cowboy Artists of America
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