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Joe Beeler

Birth place or City of origin: Joplin
State of origin: MO
Last known City: Sedona
Last known State: AZ
Start/Birth date: 1931
Death/End date: 2006

A founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America, longtime Sedona resident, Joe Beeler has earned his place in the vanguard of contemporary Western art with one-man exhibitions at virtually every major Western art museum. A self confessed romantic, Joe strived to go beyond technique, conveying feeling and mood in both his painting and sculpture.

Cowboy artist Joe Beeler died from a heart attack on April 24, 2006 at age 74. A rare westerner, he died in the saddle while working on a ranch with friends and neighbors, branding calves.

The last remaining founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America, Joe was a pioneer in the field of western art for more than four decades. Born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Oklahoma, he grew up in a family atmosphere rich in pioneer heritage and western individualism. His extensive body of work, including sculpture, oil paintings, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings all shine with the wonder of Western life. Joe received numerous awards throughout his career and exhibited at many of the country’s most prestigious art venues.

The name Joe Beeler is one that needs no introduction. A pioneer in the field of Western art, Joe combined a lifetime of experience on the range with formal art training at Tulsa University and the Art Center School of Design in California to become one of the nation’s pre-eminent artists. A native of Joplin, Missouri with a hefty dose of Cherokee blood, Beeler’s keen interest in the West manifested itself through his childhood drawings, impressions he experienced while growing up in an area rich with colorful history and the enduring pioneer spirit. In 1965, he helped found the Cowboy Artists of America, an organization credited with much of the popularity of western art today. Whether sitting at his easel or in the saddle, Joe Beeler always enjoyed telling a good story and no where is that more apparent than in his paintings. The faces in Joe Beeler’s paintings and sculptures shine with the wonder of Western life. Their eyes look both within and without, searching for and capturing the soul of the land.


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