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Buckeye Blake

Birth place or City of origin: Fullerton
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Carson City
Last known State: NV
Start/Birth date: 1946
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Buckeye Blake is an important painter combining traditional with contemporary styles of western art. He captures the magnificent American West in a dramatic artistic style sometimes illustrated in his poster like works in brilliant bold colors and personal self-expression fueled by his decorative shapes in his impression of the west.

Buckeye Blake was born in California in 1946. His early life was spent traveling to rodeos where he saw, first hand, the subjects he loves to paint. After moving to Nevada in his early teens he began painting and selling his work. Mostly self-taught, though his mother was an artist, he studied the works of Charles M. Russell and Maynard Dixon. Buckeye's following in Nevada grew and he began doing commissions for Scripps Howard Publishing. In 1977 he moved to Montana with his wife, Tona, and son, Teal, where he continued his career painting and sculpting. His life-size bronze of Charles M. Russell in downtown Great Falls, Montana, and heroic size bronze of Kit Carson in front of the capital in Carson City, Nevada, along with a retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in 1993 showing his paintings, bronzes, furniture, scarves, etc. One thing you can say about Buckeye Blake, his work is a breathe of fresh air conveying a glimpse into the West we all love.

Submitted by Teal Blake, the artist’s son

 

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