The image of a lone cowboy working cattle in the wide-open spaces of the West is a soothing, unchanging, timeless symbol of America. But that’s not reality on the range, and it certainly isn’t the reality in Duke Beardsley’s Denver studio.
“The cowboy icon is one of the most recognized in the world. You can whip out a picture of a cowboy anywhere, and people will know what it is,” Beardsley says. “But today’s vibrant, forward-minded, sustainable ranching culture is embracing a rapidly changing West.”
Beardsley’s bold take on the changing cowboy archetype will be on view in his first museum […]