Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus
Fred Fellows was born in 1934 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, home to the Ponca and Osage Indians. Early influences that shaped his desire to be an artist and nurtured his love of the cowboy life included his aunt who went to Taos, New Mexico every summer to study under Nicolai Fechin and Birger Sandzen. She encouraged Fred to draw and paint at an early age. He also grew up listening to stories of the Old West from his grandmother’s brother who rode in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and later the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, as well as his grandfather who went to Tonopah and Goldfield, Nevada, during the 1905 gold rush.
Fred started out as a saddle-maker for Butler Saddlery in Paramount, California, and went on to be a cowboy on the Jamison Ranch at Monolith, California, and then an art director for Northrup Aircraft. This all led to an interesting blend of art and the West, and a lifetime of painting and sculpting.
Fred is the longest active member of the CAA, joining in 1969. He has won Gold and Silver medals in drawing, sculpture and painting. One of his proudest moments was to receive the highly coveted CAA Award at the 2007 show, voted by active members for the best overall exhibition.
He also is proud of his wife, Deborah, an accomplished sculptor, who is a member of the National Sculpture Society and inductee into the National Cowgirl Hall Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
Source: The Cowboy Artists of America
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Bronze (1985) | 10”h x 7”w x 7”d; Edition #21 of 50
In Ke Ola, Hawai‘i Island’s Community Magazine, Denise Laitinen wrote, “the paniolo, a Hawaiian cowboy, on Hawai‘i Island date back to 1833 when three vaqueros—Spanish/Mexican cowboys—arrived at Kawaihae Harbor to teach Hawaiians how to rope and herd cattle and ride mounted horses. Over the years the paniolo developed their own style of saddle making—known as the Hawaiian tree saddle—so named because cowboys went into the forest and cut the tree, which they carved into a saddle.
And because Mexican saddles were heavy and bulky, the natural instinct of the Hawaiians was to use lighter materials. Thus, they refined the seat to make it concave which was a better fit for its riders’ buttocks. The prototype originated in the early 1900’s and has changed little in the past century. Native Hawaiians came up with a model that was hard to improve upon.”
Fred Fellows, learned early on in life how to ride, rope cattle and build saddles. Given his background, it was only fitting that he sculpted a saddle series which included those used by the Paniolo.
End of a Love Affair
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Bronze | Dimensions: 9”h x 8”w x 7’d; Artist Proof
Horses and men can be a beautiful combination or they can be a disaster depending upon the rider’s skill and horse temperament. Fred Fellow’s “End of a Love Affair” shows an unlucky cowboy who has met a common fate, being bucked off an unruly mount. The cowboy has literally been turned topsy-turvy while his horse continues to buck. Fellows, with a background in ranch work, knows this predicament well and has captured the action with a flair for the dramatic.
Out to Pasture
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Oil (2006) | Image Size: 30”h x 40”w; Framed Size: 41 ½”h x 51 ½”w
In “Out to Pasture," Fellows presents a nostalgic scene that emphasizes that both the old, tired truck and horse have seen better days. However, if either could talk, there is no doubt they could tell more than just a few good stories.
A Trip to the Trading Post
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Oil (2008) | Image Size: 18”h x 30”w; Framed Size: 25 3/8”h x 37”w
While plein air painting on what began as a winter Navajo landscape, along came a wagon heading towards the local trading post. Artist Fred Fellows captured that image with his camera and back in the warmth of his studio made the addition to the canvas.
The Big 50
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Bronze | 9”h x 8”w x 9”d; Edition #39 of 100
To Fight Custer
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Opaque Watercolor (2005) | Image Size: 13” x 19”; Framed Size: 28 ¼”w x 22 ¾”h
Celebrating a Business Deal
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Bronze | 7.5” x 8” x 12”; Edition #31 of 100
Friends for Supper
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)Description: Oil Painting (2008) | Image Size: 24”h x 36”w; Framed Size: 34.25”h x 46.25”w
An Honest Day's Work
Artist: Fred Fellows, CA Emeritus (b. 1934)