29 Aug Steve Devenyns
Born 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri; lives in Cody, Wyoming
Icon of the West
2016, oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches
The cowboy has long stood as a symbol of the American West. Cowboys are a roughhewn breed who stand for honesty and rugged individualism. Many live by an unwritten code to be good stewards of the land and animals in their care. Their job is not always glamorous, but they approach each day with determination to do what has to be done regardless of circumstances. Cowboys seem to find peace and solitude in knowing they are part of a long tradition and are truly an Icon of the West.
RAISED IN COLORADO, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West, and wide-open spaces. As a horseman and outdoorsman, he enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, his long recuperation period was spent discovering the layers of his creativity, which led to the start his career as an artist. Although primarily self-taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey, and most of all, by Ray Swanson.
Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines. He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Museum’s Annual Western Art Show & Sale in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. Last year he was the Featured Artist at the America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale at the AQHA Museum in Amarillo, Texas, and an Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, Wyoming. He exhibits at the Prix de West, Quest for the West, Western Visions, the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2010 National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award
2006 Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, People’s Choice Award
2002 Foundation for North American Sheep, Artist of the Year
1997 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
Art of the West
Academy of Western Artists
Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
Cogswell Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona