Tough Draw // © 2010 Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Four important master works by western artist Kenneth M. Freeman (1935-2008) are being showcased in the inaugural exhibit, “Collecting the West: Ranching, Rodeo, and Roughstock,” at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Ariz., through Feb. 6, 2011.
Freeman’s artwork depicts the theme of the Collecting the West exhibition, which showcases outstanding works of art as well as historical objects while weaving together rich stories relating to ranching, rodeo and the animals that are part of Western traditions.
“Ken was an extraordinary artist,” said Bonnie Adams, curator of the Legacy collections. “He was able to capture the spirit of the person he was painting. He saw their passion and brought it to the canvas. Ken always said he painted portraits. Whether they were of cows or cowboys, his subjects were always a study in the story behind the faces he painted.”