Harlan Whatley

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Today, the American cowboy icon is alive and well in popular culture via film and television. Other icons of the American West include cowgirls, gunslingers and outlaws. Having been raised on Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Rifleman,  I enjoy neowestern, spaghetti western and western TV shows and films. The characters from these westerns inspire me to create characters via acrylic paint on canvas, pizza boxes and ceiling tin. My mission is to elevate the narrative of the American West by way of my outlaw and primitive art.

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My mission is to elevate the narrative of the American West by way of my art.
Butch & Sundance
acrylic on canvas 36 in x 48 in
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Coffeyville 1892
acrylic on canvas 36 in x 48 in
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Stockman's Deputies
acrylic on canvas 28 in x 25 in framed
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The Abbotts - Outer Range
acrylic on canvas 16 in x 20 in framed
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The Lone Ranger & Tonto
Acrylic on canvas 16 in x 20 in framed
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Harlan D. Whatley was born in Louisiana and grew up in the Lone Star State in Austin and Dallas. When Whatley was in the first grade in Dallas, he played a chap-wearing cowboy in his school play, The Big Show. Armed with a Wild Wild West TV show lunch box, a "64 brilliant colors box "of Crayola crayons and a red Big Chief Writing Tablet, Whatley colored his way into the cowboy culture. 

Having been raised on Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Rifleman,  Whatley enjoys neowestern, spaghetti western and western TV shows and films. The characters from these westerns inspire him to create characters via acrylic paint on canvas, pizza boxes and ceiling tin.

Whatley mostly creates drawings with colored and graphite pencils on paper as well as acrylics and oils on canvas, metal and pizza boxes. Also, he experiments with bricolage and pointillism. Each idea manifests in its own individual style and it's rare that his portraits are photorealistic. Finally, he creates abstract acrylic paintings on canvas.

Today, the American cowboy icon is alive and well in popular culture. Whatley's mission is to elevate the narrative of the American cowboy by way of his art. Whatley's style of art has been described as art brut, outlaw art and primitive. 

Education

BA, English - College of Charleston

MFA, Integrated Media Arts - Hunter College/CUNY

MA, English - University of Texas - Permian Basin

Whatley studied drawing at Midland College and color/composition at The Art Students League of New York. 

United States
Sausalito
Italia
Cambiago
United States
Bremen
France
Paris
Greece
Athens

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