Karin Hollebeke

Karin Hollebeke

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Hollebeke.

Hollebeke 2015

Karin Hollebeke
Born 1949, in Wolfsburg, Germany; lives in Vernal, Utah

A WESTERN PAINTER and sculptor for more than thirty years, Hollebeke lives, paints, and ranches in Utah. There she experiences a frontier lifestyle as exciting as her paintings, which depict events in the Old West. She finds that ranching life helps her capture authentic details in her dramatic scenes.

Hollebeke first became interested in art while in her teens. After her family moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas, she learned about ranch life firsthand, an experience that sparked her interest in Western art.

To pursue her interest in sculpture, Hollebeke studied with sculptor Ed Fraughton, an opportunity she describes as “learning the basics from the best.” Tom Lovell, another veteran Western artist, influenced her painting style. She found his candor “devastating” but found that his advice helped her find her own style, which has earned her international recognition.


Invitation to a Bronc Bust
2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Breaking wild horses is a dangerous job, but an unruly horse can be handled with moderate safety by tying up a foot with a soft rope. It can take many bone-jarring sessions to tame a bucking bronc. On ranches, men called ‘Bronc-busters’ are hired to break in the wild horses quickly, or at least well enough for cowboys to ride and start working them on the range.

Gallery representation:
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming