Yesterday’s Hope, Tomorrow’s Dream


20 X 33 X 19

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Born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Fred Fellows lived his early years exposed to the 101 Ranch and the culture of the Otoe and Osage Native Americans.
At age nine his family joined the tail-end of the Okie exodus that followed the dust bowl trail to California but each year Fred returned to Oklahoma where he spent summers with his grandparents in their art-filled home. His grandfather a celebrated civil industrial engineer in Ponca City would take his family frequently to nearby museums. Fred was awe struck by Bryant Bakers Pioneer Woman monument in Ponca City. Although he did not realize it then, Fred’s fate as a future artist had been cast. He had an active imagination and a God given talent for drawing.
In the 50’s while living in California Fred learned to handle horses, to rope cattle and build saddles. He was a cowboy, determined someday to break loose and be free.
Encouraged by his step father to apply his artistic talent for commercial illustration, he honed his art skills at Art Center School in Los Angeles and began a successful career in the aircraft industry, first working as a commercial artist and eventually becoming art director for Northrop Aircraft.
For more than a dozen years Fred’s dream of becoming cowboy-free was hobbled.
He enjoyed the work but longed to try painting on his own.
“I saved my money for a few years and then moved to where every artist must go, Taos New Mexico,” said Fellows. “When the money ran out I went back to Los Angeles for another grubstake. After a couple of years I went off on my own again to Bigfork Montana and stayed for forty years.”
Fred was able to realize his ambition to become a full time artists but not without challenges. With his wife Jackie and collectively five children, early on he traded his paintings for groceries and doctor bills. By the late 60’s he had established a sound regional reputation and was breaking into the mainstream market in places like Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 1969 he was invited to join the Cowboy Artists Of America. His horseback perspective of art captured the true pulse and rhythm of cattle, horses and men that he portrayed. Life and art were inseparable.
Creating art has been working for Fred ever since.
His art goes beyond contemporary scenes.
Over the years he has put together an extensive research library and collection of artifacts dealing with the Old West. He has become an acknowledged authority on buffalo guns, Bowie knives, Indian weapons and historic saddles.
In 1989 Fred lost his wife of 28 years to illness.
With a will to go on, Fred got another chance at love and life. In 1990 he married Deborah Copenhaver and became a father again to her seven-year-old daughter Fabienne. In 2000 he left Montana and moved his family to Sonoita, Arizona.
He cowboys now on his own place, where they raise Quarter Horses and team rope.
Fred has won gold and silver medals in all media: painting, sculpture, watercolor and drawing.
In 2007 he received the CAA Award for the best overall exhibition voted on by all of the active CAA members.
His paintings have been featured on the cover of 17 issues of the Western Horseman Magazine as well as articles in Arizona Highways, Newsweek, Southwest Art, Art of the Rockies and Western Art Collector.

Fred Fellows CA Estate Sculpture, Bronze 20 X 33 X 19 (Interest categories: Bronze, Agrarian, Farming, Sculpture, Sculptures and Accent Pieces, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Fred Fellows CA Estate Artist)

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Monday – Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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