Born in 1946, Buckeye Blake is an artist whose experience as a working cowboy gave him firsthand knowledge of Western subjects. His great grandfather was a pioneer breeder of Quarter Horses, and Blake grew up traveling the rodeo circuit with his father. Although his mother was an artist, Blake had no formal training and began his artistic career painting scenery in Hollywood.
His paintings and bronzes exhibit a fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop culture interpretations of Western figures, especially cowboy and cowgirl iconography. He approaches traditional themes with humor, a strong sense of design, and a sunny palette all of which give his work a lighthearted flavor.
Blake is an eclectic artist who has turned his hand to everything from labels and posters to silk scarves, furniture and china. His inventive style in lettering is reminiscent of his well-known rodeo posters.
Blake has lived in Montana, Idaho and now Texas with his wife Tona where they raise Quarter Horses. Later this year he and his son Teal Blake are putting together a show at the Cattle Raisers in Fort Worth that will involve 12 artists. The show will be called "We Pointed Them North" about Teddy Blue Abbott and the cattle drives, with a book to follow.