Billy Schenck Works

Billy Schenck

Santa Fe, NM

One of the originators of the Western pop art movement, Billy Schenck incorporates

techniques from photorealism with a pop art sensibility to both exalt and poke fun

at images of the West. Schenck is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced

in a flattened, reductivist style, where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than

blended or shadowed. In the August 2014 issue of SouthwestArt magazine, his work

was described as “a stance … a pendulum between the romantic and the irreverent.”


Schenck’s artwork is now in 56 museum collections, including Smithsonian

Institution, Albuquerque Museum, Autry Museum of the American West, Booth

Western Art Museum, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, the Mesa

Southwest Museum, Museum of the Southwest, New Mexico Museum of Art, Phoenix

Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art. Private collections include the estate of

Malcolm Forbes, Laurence Rockefeller, Sylvester Stallone and the estate of Fritz

Scholder. Corporate collections include American Airlines, IBM, Sony, and

Saatchi & Saatchi.


With over 115 solo shows in the U.S. and Europe, career highlights include the

Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 2018, Andy Warhol Cowboys and Indians and Billy

Schenck Myth of the West retrospective, Denver Art Museum’s 2011 Western

Horizons and the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s exhibit Bierstadt to Warhol:

American Indians in the West.


A genuine cowboy himself, Schenck is a ranch-sorting world champion and the

proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the

past two decades