Bob Coronato

Bob Coronato has drawn and painted western subjects his entire life. Upon graduating from Otis/Parsons Art School, he moved to Wyoming to pursue a career as a cowboy artist."I used to open books, look at the Old West photos and see cowboys riding the open plains. I would stop and think, I wished I lived 100 years ago.After going out to the very remote west, and finding ranches that still "cowboy" in the old ways, I realized that the West I was searching for as a kid was still there. I no longer have a wish to be part of the old days, but have become part of the west I was searching for. Coronato has 'cowboyed' all over the Wyoming Montana border. Bob's subjects are drawn from his real life 'cowboying' great times."We are at a clash of two different times: the traditional 'cowboy'n' ways are being overridden by the modern, quicker technologies.This is the focus of my paintings," Coronato says. "I try to document moments in time that show the ways of a fading lifestyle that so many people have admired."

The subjects of Coronato's work remind people that there is still a remote, free West. The question the artist is asked most often is, "Do they really do that?" Coronato reflects,"Yes, they do - but not for much longer.The 'West' is alive, it's just hiding in small corners of our country, trying to desperately hang on and not be forgotten." Bobs speciality is oil painting and chine cole'etchings. He paints and creates etchings that seem to capture that fading lifestyle of cowboys and ranchers.

Coronato lives half the year in remote, eastern Wyoming and half the year in southern California. His work has been shown at the High Plains Museum, the Coeur D'Alene Art Auction and in 1995 won Best of Show as the Pendleton Round Up Art Show. Settlers West in Tucson represents his original works. He was recently nominated by Southwest Art Magazine for "Artist of the New Century Show," won the Grand Prize and Best of Show in October 2002.

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"June 9Th In The Black Hills... P´Ard All I Remember,...T´

"June 9th in the Black Hills ... P´ard all I remember, ´twas a cold som-bitch" by Bob Coronato "This was a day I´d been waiting for since I was a kid," says cowboy artist Bob Coronato about his latest release. Coronato relates the genesis for this piece, based on his experience working on a ranch on the border of South Dakota and Wyoming. "I was there to help the Foreman, a colorful, tough old man of few words, move cows to their summer pasture. We got up at 4:30 a.m. and my friend George suggested I wear my heavy winter gear. Since it was 75 degrees the day before, I thought he was pulling a prank. I decided not to take a chance and brought the gear. I saddled up my horse, which was bucking and kicking to shake out the cold. Hoping to get a good view of the thousands of cows snaking up the limestone canyon, I went to the front and took a small bunch ahead to point the rest of the herd. The temperature dropped as we got higher into the mountains and the rain turned to large wet flakes covering the canyon walls. As the cows were heating up, steam started to rise off their backs until billowing clouds rose up through the canyon like a train puffing through the Black Hills. I was glad I had my slicker and wild rag around my neck as the snow turned into a blizzard. I sat tucked up under a pine tree branch listening to the flakes through the trees, hoping I´d never forget a detail of this amazing day. As the snow collected on my hat and the black dye ran down my back, I couldn´t wait to paint this scene, unfolding before my eyes. With about ten inches of snow on the ground, George and I rode up the side of the herd yelling ´this is the life for me!´"
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"When This Weather Quits,... You Can Stiff´N Your Hat Back

“It’s not the Old West of the 1890s but Crook County, Wyoming in the early 1990s,” says artist Bob Coronato. “The people and the ways of this area are very much the same as they always were. I was drawn to the area because it’s the closest you can get to seeing the frontier the way it was. The big towns are hundreds of miles apart and the little towns are the glue that holds the frontier together. Brandings here are still a community effort and the ranchers still work the same way they did a hundred years ago.

“The ranches these days are disappearing. It is sad, but as the ranches disappear, the cowboys also disappear one by one.As the land gets developed the cowboy lifestyle fades fast. I was lucky to get a chance not only to see it at the end, but to take part.” Bob Coronato’s When This Weather Quits . . . will be featured in the 2008 Coeur D’Alene Art Auction July 26th in Reno, Nevada.
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Gold Rush Days

Gold Rush Days is a passionate recreation of the iconic western rodeo poster. Using his skills as an intaglio print maker and painter, Bob combined drawing and silkscreen with layers of oil and acrylic glazes to get that aged effect he was seeking. Having spent years as a real cowboy in Wyoming, Coronato’s sense of western authenticity is impeccable.

Gold Rush Days is made available as both a giclée on paper and giclée canvas, each capturing the different moods Coronato set out to create. The paper edition feels as if it is an antique poster created 100 years ago. The canvas edition could be an original painting that at one time hung in a frontier saloon lacking only the embedded scent of decades old cigars.
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No Place...For Amateurs!

“In the northeast corner of Wyoming on the Montana border, the ranches are big, the grass is plentiful and the country is rough,” says artist Bob Coronato of No Place … For Amateurs! “With few people for hundreds of miles, this is perfect cowboy country for the tough, spirited, pioneer types who call it home. A few years ago, I was on a brand crew traveling with a chuck wagon, a rumuda of horses and bed roll wagon. Gathering 10,000 acre pastures and branding about 300 cows a day for about 12 days straight, we woke before dawn and worked until dark, moving camp each time we finished gathering all the stock within a days ride. With the Montana Badlands in the distance, we were working the open country, gathering the livestock for branding and building temporary corrals. Weather describes the high plains best: In the morning you had on winter coats, long johns and silk scarves to wrap your neck from the wind, by the end of the day, it usually rained or snowed at least once and then by late afternoon it was hot enough for short sleeves. Only the toughest spirit enjoys this climate and the cowboys I was working with not only thrived in it, but were some of the best hands I’d ever had the privilege to work with. Over the two week stretch there were a few bad wrecks and the usual close calls. One guy got bucked off and broke his arm. I drove him 100 miles to the Cowboy Back Bar for a shot before going down the road to the hospital. On the way back to camp, we stopped at the Stoneville Saloon (“Cheap Drinks and Lousy Food” reads the sign outside). By the next day he figured he healed up enough to get back to work and by afternoon he was roping calves on horseback in his cast. I use times like those days on the brand crew, to add the grit and character to my art, that only living the life can inspire. Into the second week, I was working with Mark, who we all knew as “Gootz”, roping and dragging calves when, for a split second, I saw the image I knew I had to paint. A vision that perfectly captured the spirit and freedom of the cowboys who work the high plains rough country—a place they call home.”
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Noth´N Like The Feel´N Of Rid´N A Fine Horse...

“I wanted to create a painting that summed up what it was to be a cowboy—the freedom, the landscape, the teamwork of a bunch of hands and the sheer vastness of the workplace. This was and is a little piece of my American frontier. A great horse, a great rig and a beautiful day like this are all you need to create a feeling you’ll never forget.”

With his experience as a working cowboy, artist Bob Coronato has been rounding up awards and recognition. A recent article in Southwest Art Magazine proclaimed, “It’s a road all his own, and one other western artists must envy. ”With proportions as vast as the great frontier itself, this Greenwich Workshop Museum Edition™ Giclée Canvas will bring the open range to your hallway, great room or office.
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