To look at a Bill Nebeker sculpture is to get an honest and authentic portrayal of the historic American West or contemporary ranch life. Quiet tributes, subtle humor and wry observations underlie Nebeker's work. His knack for weaving an unobtrusive storyline into a sculpture challenges the unsuspecting viewer, "Oh! Now I get it!" That moment of discovery is at the heart of experiencing and appreciating Bill's bronzes.
As a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, Bill has won a Gold and Silver in sculpture, Best of Show and the Phoenix Art Museum Purchase Award, as well as being twice elected President by his fellow artists. His extraordinary talent has been recognized by several cities in Arizona when they awarded him important, larger than life-sized statue commissions, to depict their historic or current honorable citizens. Prescott has his four figure monument "Early Prescott Settlers", Glendale enjoys his "Territorial Sheriff", and Phoenix is honored by his "Memorial to Fallen Officers" at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters.
Raised in Prescott, Arizona since early boyhood his heart is with ranchers, and outdoorsmen of all cultures past and present. His childhood hobby of whittling horses, dogs, other animals and toys developed without formal instruction into the God given talent he shares today with admirers all over the world.
Nebeker's sculptures can be seen at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Jackson Hole, at Texas Art Gallery in Dallas, the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, Colorado, as well as many of the prestigious art shows and auctions throughout the West.
"While the Cowboy Artists of America were having their yearly trail-ride, being held at the famous Texas 6666 Ranch, a unique story was told to Bill. After the Comanche Wars were over in Texas, the U.S. government made a deal with the 6666 Ranch to supply beef for the Comanche. Longhorns were brought to the corrals for the Indians to shoot and butcher. However, when the braves got there, they opened the gates, let the cattle run out, mounted their horses and chased the Longhorns with bows and arrows, hunting as they had done with the buffalo. It was an attempt to recapture their self-reliance and the spirit of their past greatness. The story inspired Bill to create this sculpture with his vision of the Indians hunting the Longhorns, or as the Comanche called them, "WHITEMAN'S BUFFALO."
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