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Looking For Trouble

Say the word “gunfight” and images of dusty streets, cold steel and haggard men with narrowed, unblinking eyes beneath wide brimmed hats, fill the mind. And no stand-off worth its weight in celluloid could occur without an over-scored and warmly lit “Heroes’ Walk” to set the tone for the reckoning to come.

Blessing’s Looking for Trouble is the next installment in his ever-expanding vision of the Neon West. With Neon Gunslingers, Michael Blessing introduced a contemporary/pop vision of the iconic Western, painted with the color and radiance of neon gas. Here, Blessing revitalizes the image of the Earps’ and Doc Holliday’s legendary walk across Tombstone in the days when reputations were made for those known to be dangerous with a gun.
From $450.00

Neon Gunslingers

The concept for the "Neon Gunslingers" series evolved from a love of the figure and the nostalgic pull of a piece of iconic Americana: the neon sign. Though known as a figurative artist, Blessing’s attention was caught by one such sign in Montana and soon vintage neon came to life on his canvases. "Neon Gunslingers" is a series of larger-than-life symbolic and historical characters is rendered in a new contemporary fine art style – the Neon West.

The ultimate Mexican standoff, this set of gunslingers will set the tone of any room in which they hang. Available as an oversized Museum Edition or MasterWork Fine Art Giclee Canvas, "Neon Gunslingers" is also offered as a Triptych Fine Art Limited Edition Canvas set (each figure is a single unit).

From $495.00

Neon Gunslingers Triptych

The concept for the "Neon Gunslingers" series evolved from a love of the figure and the nostalgic pull of a piece of iconic Americana: the neon sign. Though known as a figurative artist, Blessing’s attention was caught by one such sign in Montana and soon vintage neon came to life on his canvases. "Neon Gunslingers" is a series of larger-than-life symbolic and historical characters is rendered in a new contemporary fine art style – the Neon West.

The ultimate Mexican standoff, this set of gunslingers will set the tone of any room in which they hang. Available as an oversized Museum Edition or MasterWork Fine Art Giclee Canvas, "Neon Gunslingers" is also offered as a Triptych Fine Art Limited Edition Canvas set (each figure is a single unit).

From $885.00

Raising The Bar

Since the late 1940s, the night sky above Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been graced by the radiant glow of one of the most distinctive constellations of the Western sky: the bucking bronco above downtown’s Cowboy Bar. A gas explosion in the basement during the 1950s and subsequent cost of the repairs prompted the owner to add “Million Dollar” to name of this storied landmark.

Blessing’s contemporary take on the Neon West is creating a stir with collectors, and Raising the Bar is no exception. For decades, the facades and businesses on Main Street in the small towns that punctuated those endless miles of open space were lit by ionized gases in bent tubes of glass. These names, shapes and glowing forms have burnt themselves into our collective memory of the modern West’s landscape.

Blessing’s Raising the Bar captured the highest bid at the 2015 C.M. Russell Museum First Strike Auction, selling for nearly eight times its estimated price. This Fine Art Limited Edition Canvas, created to The Greenwich Workshop’s exacting standards, captures all the Pop Art brilliance of the original. The owner of this work will enjoy the quality experience of owning a fine work of contemporary Western art for years to come.
From $450.00

Whiskey Before Breakfast

"Lord protect us, Saints preserve us, We been drinkin’ Whiskey ‘fore breakfast"

Coins weren’t actually minted in Wyoming but many were in play during the heyday of gambling in the rear of The Mint Bar, in downtown Sheridan. Cowboys and girls had been known to duck under the front door on horseback. Teddy Roosevelt wrote of the “mad antics” he witnessed at the bar. Certainly, the chords and lyrics of Whiskey Before Breakfast have been played time and again in this classic Wyoming destination.

Michael Blessing’s "Whiskey Before Breakfast" reveals a great deal about his concept of the Neon West. It is as much a state of mind as it is a visual record of its streets and history. With "Neon Gunslingers" he takes western icons into the Pop Art realm of rarified gasses and with "Whiskey Before Breakfast" we see the rarified gas origins of Pop Art on the western landscape.
From $295.00