Billy Schenck

Jemez Kachina

oil on canvas

20 x 16 in.

The Transitional Blanket

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. 

Schenck/John Ford - Edition: 1/12

archival inkjet print

27 x 40 inches


Navajo Woman with Sheep - Edition: 1/30

archival inkjet print 

37.5 x 42 inches


Canyon of the Little Colorado

oil on canvas

22 x 28 inches


Looking for Sign

arylic on canvas

20 x 24 in.

Many Many Miles

oil on canvas

40 x 13 in.

The Distant Past

oil on canvas

40 x 40 in.


oil on canvas

20 x 16 in. 

Cowboys in the Sky - Edition: 1/18

archival inkjet print

36 x 39.5 inches


Study On the Run

oil on canvas

16 x 12 in.

The Lonely Journey II

oil on canvas

22 x 28 in.

Owa Kachina

oil on canvas

18 x 14 in. 

Honan Kachina

oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches


Line Rider


26 x 25 in.

Chula Mesas

oil on canvas

25 x 50 inches

Schenck Murder Ford

archival inkjet print

38 x 43 inches


Butterfly Kachina

oil on canvas

24 x 18 in.

Nude Cowgirl - Edition: 4/12

archival inkjet print

38 x 41 inches



serigraph 38/170

26 x26 in.


Billy Schenck was born in Two Guns, Arizona in 1947. He spent childhood summers exploring the deserts near Lander, Wyoming. He attended Columbus College Of Art and Design from 1965 to 1967, and received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1969.  While still a young man, he moved to New York where he was considered a part of the original school of photo-realism.  When he was 24 years old, his first solo show in New York City sold out.

Early in his career, Schenck became known for utilizing cinematic imagery, reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style, where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. His art incorporates techniques from Photo-Realism and Pop Art to both praise and mimic classic western images. His work is characterized by hot colors, surreal juxtapositions and patterning which explore clashes between wilderness and civilization, the individual and community, nature and culture, freedom and restriction. 

In the mid-1970's, the work exemplified in his paintings drew him back to the west, where he split his time between Wyoming and Arizona. He now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work can be found in numerous major collections throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Booth Western Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and many more. Schenck’s work has been the subject of seven museum retrospectives, including The West as It Never Was, at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art.

The 2013 illustrated book, Schenck in the 21st Century: The Myth of the Hero and the Truth of America, by Amy Abrams, features paintings, caption drawings and caption paintings produced by Schenck from 2000-2012. It won the U.S. Literary Award for Fine Arts.  A book of his serigraphs, Bill Schenck: Serigraphs 1971-1996, was published in 2010 in conjunction with a touring retrospective of the same title.

Selected museum collections:

The Autry National Center

Booth Western Art Museum

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Whitney Western Art Museum

Denver Art Museum

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Smithsonian Institution

Tucson Museum of Art