Dickies Arena Public Art commission, by William Matthews

Los Caballos public art commission celebrates its first year! Last October, Fort Worth Texas unveiled the spectacular new Dickies Arena. This multipurpose state-of-the-art venue is designed to host concerts, sports, community events and even Stock Show rodeos.

Crowning the south façade is a 12-foot-tall by 63-foot-wide William Matthews mural. Titled “Los Caballos,” the mural commemorates the horse, an enduring symbol of the American West first brought to this continent by the Spanish, and whose introduction to North America transformed the Great Plains and the West for both Native Americans and American pioneers. Set against an untamed landscape, the Dickies mural captures the dynamic movement of wild horses, racing among scrub and brush, set against rolling hills and mesas, under a storm-filled sky.

Matthews’ work was fabricated in the celebrated female-owned studio Mosaicos Venecianos in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where artisans pieced together more than 600,000 hand-cut glass tiles of 570 different colors to render this powerful scene with remarkable richness and vibrancy.

Flanking Matthews’s mural are two bas-relief sculptures, further celebrating the significance of the horse in the history of the American West. The two 12-foot-tall works, cast in bronze, were conceived from Matthews’s original composition drawings and sculpted by Texas-based artist Buckeye Blake, himself a member of the Cherokee Nation. On the left is a depiction of an early day cowboy of the American West, skilled and confident. On the opposite side is a Comanche, considered the “Lord of the Plains” and master of the horse culture, brave, and graceful. Both figures, seated on horseback, serve as welcoming ambassadors to all visitors.

For more information click this link to the Dickies arena site

Wet Land ◆ Dry Land show

William Matthews Studio announces the opening reception of the new show:

Wet Land ◆ Dry Land

Friday October 4, 2013

Great Basin Studio 2540 Walnut St

Denver, CO 80205

Show will continue through November 2

Please join us  friday, or call for an appointment to view the show

303 534-1300

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

William has just returned from his annual pilgrimage to  the Telluride Bluegrass Festival which featured four days of only-in-Telluride musical performances. The festival hosts Telluride legends of virtuoso bluegrass superpickers, soulful songwriters, and some of the biggest stars in the American musical landscape.

Since 1986 William has created 20 of the annual posters, including this year’s 40th anniversary edition.

This year’s poster is special in that it incorporates several of his earlier classics in collage, along with a lenticular window of Telluride legend Sam Bush within the poster.  Lenticular printing is a technology in which lenticular lenses (a technology that is also used for 3D displays) are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, and in this case, the ability to create movement as the image is viewed from different angles.

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