Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus
Gary Niblett was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. After graduation, he went on to California, where he attended the Art Center School of Design. He spent eight years with the Hanna-Barbera studios as a background artist, but continued to develop his own style.
In 1973 Gary left commercial art to focus exclusively on Western art, and three years later was voted into the Cowboy Artists of America. He returned to New Mexico, where his work continued to gain national recognition.
His work has been exhibited all over the world, including the Grand Palais, France, and the Amerika Hass Berlin, Germany. He also has exhibited in Moscow, Taiwan, Beijing, and at the prestigious Royal Watercolor Society in London. Niblett’s work has been included in publications such as the International Fine Art Collector, Time, Saturday Review and New Mexico Magazine. In 1990, he was honored as the Distinguished Calendar Artist for New Mexico Magazine, and is featured in a book titled Gary Niblett – A New Look at the Old West.
He has been given the honor of having a large oil hanging in the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gary works mostly in oil, but says he is “comfortable in watercolor.” His art demands that we look into the reveries and still moments of the human spirit where the heart lives. His versatile work demonstrates the human values, which are brought to bear in living, not only in the American West, but in the world.
Source: Cowboy Artists of America
Border Town Stranger
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil (1988) | Image Size: 14”h x 18”w; Framed Size: 22”h x 25 ½”w
This small painting is full of interesting period details of life in a small border town. The cowboy, who looks to have spent many days in the saddle, has stopped beside a makeshift market of sorts that has been set up against an adobe wall. Calendars and red peppers hang on the wall, while the area is littered with a variety of items ranging from a coffee pot to corn husks, pillows, blankets and tarps. The rider appears in a long duster and wide brimmed hat that have served him well in all kinds of weather over many miles. There is a sense of mystery about this loner who has made this noon day stop in a dusty village.
Taos War Dancer
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Charcoal | Image Size: 18”h x 15”w; Framed Size: 29”h x 25 ½”w
Living within close proximity to Taos Pueblo we’re pretty certain that Art Center College of Design graduate and Cowboy Artists of America Emeritus Member, Gary Niblett, has attended more than one of the annual pow wow events its hosted for the past thirty-two years.
“A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship. Indian Country is made up of many tribal nations, bands, villages, and pueblos, each with their own traditional tribal beliefs and practices. A pow wow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together. It is a time for sharing with old friends and making new friends; a time for singing and dancing. It is also a time for trading — trading craft goods and trading songs.
Originally, Indian tribes held celebrations to commemorate successful hunts or harvests. Many tribes had ceremonial dances to prepare for war and to celebrate victories. The old tribal War Dance as it was known and is still called today, evolved over the last four or five decades into a contemporary social dance and the pow wow into a social gathering and celebration time.”
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil (1973) | Image Size: 24”h x 36”w; Framed Size: 31 ¾”h x 43 ¾”w
This painting conveys the stark realities of ranch work, often consisting of difficult and routine chores that have to be performed regardless of the weather conditions. Here, Gary Niblett shows a rancher working on a snow covered prairie tossing hay that is stored in a woodshed to protect it from the elements. The cows have gathered around the shed for their daily feeding with a few stragglers still heading toward the shed. The rancher’s horse waits patiently while his dog keeps a wary eye out for predators. Without “romanticizing the West,” truly Niblett has provided the viewer with a realistic perspective of western ranch life consisting of the obligatory and often mundane completion of chores.
The Ways of Old
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Water Soluble | Image Size: 28”h x 34”w; Framed Size: 39.75”h x 45.75”w
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Watercolor on Paper (2006) | Image Size: 16”w x 22”h; Framed Size: 27.5”w x 33.25”h
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Watercolor (1996) | Image Size: 4.5”h x 6.5”w; Framed Size: 10”h x 12”w
Santa Fe Vendor
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Water Soluble | Image Size: 12”h x 14”w; Framed Size: 25.25”h x 27.5”w
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Watercolor | Image Size: 12”h x 16”w; Framed Size: 18.5”h x 22.75”w
Winter Cow Scene; Feeding Cows from Woodshed
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil (1973) | Image Size: 24”h x 36”w; Framed Size: 31.75”h 43.75”w
The War Shield
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil | Image Size: 9”w x 11”h; Framed Size: 15.75”w x 17.75”h
Spoils of the Trail
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil (2005) | Image Size: 45”h x 57.5”w; Framed Size: 57.5”h x 70.25”w
Left-Facing Brown Horse w/ Saddle and Red Blanket Underneath
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil (1981) | Image Size: 10”h x 12”w; Framed Size: 15.25”h x 17.25”w
Down From the High Country
Artist: Gary Niblett, CA Emeritus (b. 1943)Description: Oil | Image Size: 11”h x 14”w; Framed Size: 15.75”h 18.75”w