Illustration: Buckeye Blake

Western artist Buckeye Blake is this year’s Pendleton Round-Up poster artist.

One of the most iconic rodeos in the PRCA, the Pendleton Round-Up has revealed this year’s poster by Buckeye Blake, an artist known for his ability to combine traditional and contemporary styles into Western themes. His art has been shown at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Denver Art Museum, the C.M Russell Museum, and has been featured in publications including the book Buckeye Blake: Art on the Western Front.

“When selecting the poster artist each year, we look for an artist with a proven history of authentically embodying the spirit of Western heritage in their work,” said Pendleton Round-Up president Bill Levy in a press release. “Buckeye Blake is the perfect match, capturing the color, drama, history, celebration, and overall essence of the Pendleton Round-Up. Buckeye’s poster and art will resonate well with our loyal rodeo and Western heritage audience, offering them a lasting piece of Pendleton Round-Up legacy.”

As a child, Blake followed his father around the West on the rodeo circuit and worked on ranches, later gaining his nickname from a stop in Buckeye, Arizona. Inspired by his mother, an artist who created murals and painted portraits, he would later take a job as a scene painter in Hollywood, before going back to his Western roots and settling in a studio in Weatherford, Texas.

The 2017 Pendleton Round-Up takes place September 13 – 16. Posters are available for purchase online and at the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Gift Store in Pendleton, Oregon.

To learn more about Buckeye Blake, the 2017 Pendleton Round-Up poster, and to order tickets for the 2017 Pendleton Round-Up visit their website.

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