BILL NEBEKER

Looking at a Bill Nebeker sculpture gives one an honest and authentic portrayal of the historic American West or contemporary ranch life. Quiet tributes, subtle humor and wry observations underlie Nebeker’s work. His knack for weaving an unobtrusive storyline into a sculpture challenges the unsuspecting viewer, “Oh! Now I get it!” That moment of discovery is at the heart of experiencing and appreciating Bill’s bronzes.

 

Inspired to begin sculpting in 1964 when he went to an art show by George Phippen, the first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, Bill became a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1978.  Since then Bill has won Gold and Silver in sculpture, Best of Show and the Phoenix Art Museum Purchase Award, as well as being twice elected President by his fellow artists. His extraordinary talent has been recognized by several cities in Arizona by awarding him several important, larger than life-sized statue commissions, to depict their historic or current honorable citizens. Prescott has his four figure monument “Early Prescott Settlers”, Glendale enjoys his “Territorial Sheriff”, and Phoenix is honored by his “Memorial to Fallen Officers” at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters.  In June of 2006 the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo  in Colorado Spring, Colorado unveiled a portrait statue of Robert C. Norris in front of the new Norris/Penrose Events Center.  In 2009 Nebeker was honored by the Arizona Historical Society and Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s State Historian, with the Arizona Culturekeeper Award, for his outstanding contributions to the history, art, civic leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit, because of his bronze sculptures enriching several Arizona cities.

Raised in Prescott, Arizona since early boyhood, his heart is with ranchers, and outdoorsmen of all cultures past and present. His childhood hobby of whittling horses, dogs, other animals and toys developed without formal instruction into the God given talent he shares today with admirers all over the world.

 

In the 40 years of his strong and prestigious career, Bill has had stories about his life and work featured in Arizona Highways, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Cowboys and Indians, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, Phoenix Home and Garden and Persimmon Hill. His work is in the collections of the Eiteljorg Museum, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Booth Western Art Museum, Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Phoenix Art Museum, Phippen Museum in Prescott, Palm Spring Desert Museum and Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg. Well as many of the prestigious corporate and personal collections around America.

 
 
 
 
 
If Horses Could Talk
If Horses Could Talk

BRONZE, LIMITED EDITION, 48"H x 32"W x 32"D

Time to Work & Time to Play
Time to Work & Time to Play

BRONZE, LIMITED EDITION, 13"H x 14"W x 10"D

High Noon
High Noon

BRONZE, LIMITED EDITION, 32"H x 16"W x 15"D

Born To Run
Born To Run

BRONZE, LIMITED EDITION, 16"H x 18"W x8"D

Three Amigos
Three Amigos

BRONZE, 18" H x 18" W x 8" D, Edition of 30

Down Time
Down Time

BRONZE, 16" H x 17" W x 7" D Edition of 30

Chasin' Mavericks
Chasin' Mavericks

BRONZE, 23" H x 17" W x 9" D, Edition of 30 During roundups in rough-county, some cattle get very savvy about escaping from the cowboys. They get smart and hide out when they see or smell any riders. After a few years the ranch often has five or six, 4 year old bulls, big unbranded calves, wild cows and steers, all who have learned to stay away from the ropes of the ranch hands. Cows, calves and bulls which have not been branded and earmarked are called “Mavericks.”

Dog Tired
Dog Tired

BRONZE, 6" H x 16″ W x 11" D Limited Edition of 30

Double Trouble
Double Trouble

BRONZE, 29" H x 27" W x 16" D Edition of 30 *Winner of the James Bowie Award ~ Night of Artists 2016* Featured at The Brisco - Western Art Museum

Horse Thief
Horse Thief

BRONZE, 15” H x 15” W x 10” D Edition of 30

Ridin' for the Brand
Ridin' for the Brand

BRONZE, 16” H x 15” W x 6” D Edition of 30

Watching for the Roan
Watching for the Roan

BRONZE, 24” H x 9” W x 12" D Edition of 25

Rowdy, Rough and Rank
Rowdy, Rough and Rank

BRONZE, 32” H x 26” W x 18” D Edition of 30

The Wonder of It All
The Wonder of It All

BRONZE, 26" H x 16″ W x 14" D Limited Edition of 30

In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit

BRONZE, 17” H x 16” W x 8" D Edition of 25

Waltzing Across Texas
Waltzing Across Texas

BRONZE, Limited Edition 30” H x 17” W x 12” D

Every Dog Has His Day
Every Dog Has His Day

BRONZE, 23” H x 20” W x 8” D Edition of 30

Scatterin' Salt
Scatterin' Salt

BRONZE, 20" H x 11″ W x 9" D Limited Edition of 25

Campfire Serenade
Campfire Serenade

BRONZE, 9" H x 9″ W Limited Edition of 30

Cold Mornin' Cow Camp
Cold Mornin' Cow Camp

BRONZE, 23" H x 14″ W x 12" D Limited Edition

Dust, Smoke and a Singin' Rope
Dust, Smoke and a Singin' Rope

BRONZE, 16" H x 19″ W x 15" D Limited Edition of 30

Home is the Hunter,,, Home from the Hill
Home is the Hunter,,, Home from the Hill

BRONZE, 19" H x 22″ W x 8" D Limited Edition of 30

Horse Comes First
Horse Comes First

BRONZE, 28" H x 17″ W x 12" D Limited Edition of 30

I'm Your Huckleberry
I'm Your Huckleberry

BRONZE, 24" H x 10″ W x 10" D Limited Edition of 30

Makin' It Look Easy
Makin' It Look Easy

BRONZE, 20" H x 22″ W x 14" D Limited Edition of 25

Saddles and Chaps (Bookends)
Saddles and Chaps (Bookends)

BRONZE, 10" H x 15″ W Limited Edition of 50

Springin' the Trap
Springin' the Trap

BRONZE, 24" H x 20″ W x 10" D Limited Edition of 30

Tallyin' the Stock Market
Tallyin' the Stock Market

BRONZE, 25" H x 12″ W x 9" D Limited Edition of 30

Them that Lean to Lonesome
Them that Lean to Lonesome

BRONZE, 20" H x 15″ W x 6" D Limited Edition of 30

Tombstone Reckoning
Tombstone Reckoning

Limited Edition

Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade

BRONZE, 12" H x 7″ W x 7" D Limited Edition

Working Partners
Working Partners

BRONZE, 13" H x 7″ W x 7" D Limited Edition of 30

Wranglin' the Remuda
Wranglin' the Remuda

BRONZE, 19" H x 50" W x 11" D Limited Edition of 30

I Ride the Wild Colts
I Ride the Wild Colts

BRONZE, 24” H x 12” W x 10” D Edition of 25

Rimrock Rescue
Rimrock Rescue

BRONZE, 27" H x 20″ W x 11" D Limited Edition of 30

Brandin' Time
Brandin' Time

BRONZE, 22" H x 16″ W x 22" D Limited Edition

Longin' for Home
Longin' for Home

BRONZE, 42” H x 24” W x 16” D Limited Edition

High Tailin' It
High Tailin' It

BRONZE, 27" H x 45" W x 16" D Limited Edition of 30

Wild Cattle Under the Rim
Wild Cattle Under the Rim

BRONZE, 26" H x 23" W Limited Edition of 25

Good Horses, Fast Loops
Good Horses, Fast Loops

BRONZE, 17" H x 28″ W Limited Edition of 25

The Cook's Team
The Cook's Team

BRONZE, 20" H x 20″ W x 18" D Limited Edition of 25

Just Part of the Job
Just Part of the Job

BRONZE, 27" H x 18″ W x 19" D Limited Edition

Ridin' the High Lonesome
Ridin' the High Lonesome

BRONZE, 26" H x 26″ W Limited Edition of 25

This Romance is Over
This Romance is Over

BRONZE, 22" H x 12″ W x 10" D Limited Edition of 25

Lines of Communication
Lines of Communication

BRONZE, 19" H x 18″ W Limited Edition of 30

Future Champions
Future Champions

BRONZE, 28" H x 18″ W Limited Edition of 25

Sipping Jug
Sipping Jug

BRONZE, 24" H x 10″ W Limited Edition of 25

Proud and Free
Proud and Free

BRONZE, 18" H x 19″ W x 10" D Limited Edition of 30

Thought this was a Cow Outfit
Thought this was a Cow Outfit

BRONZE, 23" H x 12″ W x 9" D Limited Edition of 25

Prove It!
Prove It!

BRONZE, 25" H x 10″ W x 10" D Limited Edition of 30

Apache Lookout ~ 7' ft. Monument
Apache Lookout ~ 7' ft. Monument

BRONZE, 7' ft. H x 32" W x 40" D Limited Edition of 9

Glass That Sees Far
Glass That Sees Far

BRONZE, LIMITED EDITION, 20"H x 15"W x 10"D

Broken Words - Broken Peace
Broken Words - Broken Peace

BRONZE, 28" H x 14" W x 12" D Limited Edition of 30

Season of the Buffalo
Season of the Buffalo

BRONZE, 21" H x 31" W x 14" D Limited Edition of 30

Cheyenne - Elk Woman
Cheyenne - Elk Woman

BRONZE, 14” H x 9” W x 8” D Edition of 30

LaCrosse: The Warrior's Game
LaCrosse: The Warrior's Game

BRONZE, 41" H x 17" W x 16" D Limited Edition of 25

Shootin' the Gap
Shootin' the Gap

BRONZE, 15" H x 30" W x 10" D Limited Edition of 30

White Man's Buffalo
White Man's Buffalo

BRONZE, 26" H x 32" W x 22" D Limited Edition of 25

Warrior's Challenge
Warrior's Challenge

BRONZE, 26" H x 18" W x 13" D Limited Edition of 30

Comanche Lord of the Southern Plains
Comanche Lord of the Southern Plains

BRONZE, 27" H x 25" W x 12" D Limited Edition of 30

Calling Down the Thunder
Calling Down the Thunder

BRONZE, 36" H x 16" W x 12" D Limited Edition of 25

Across the Divide
Across the Divide

BRONZE, 23" H x 16" W x 9" D Limited Edition of 30

Hear Me This Day!
Hear Me This Day!

BRONZE, 31" H x 15" W x 11" D Limited Edition of 30

Death of the Bow
Death of the Bow

BRONZE, 29" H x 13" W Limited Edition

Trail of the Intruder
Trail of the Intruder

BRONZE, 20" H x 17" W x 10" D Limited Edition of 25

Watchin' for the Long Knives
Watchin' for the Long Knives

BRONZE, 22" H x 11" W Limited Edition of 25

Runnin' the Traplines
Runnin' the Traplines

BRONZE, 20" H x 9" W x 16" D Limited Edition of 30

Down from the Stronghold
Down from the Stronghold

BRONZE, 10" H x 14" W x 7" D Limited Edition of 25

In Grandmother's Tradition
In Grandmother's Tradition

BRONZE, 15" H x 13" W x 16" D Limited Edition of 30

The Coup Robe
The Coup Robe

BRONZE, 14" H x 11" W x 13" D Limited Edition

Renegade on the Move
Renegade on the Move

BRONZE, 21" H x 13" W x 8" D Limited Edition of 30

Invoking the Buffalo Spirit 15 H x 14 W x 11 D 72dpi
Invoking the Buffalo Spirit 15 H x 14 W x 11 D 72dpi

BRONZE, 15" H x 14" W x 11" D Limited Edition

Kwahadi Comanche: He Who Fights
Kwahadi Comanche: He Who Fights

BRONZE, 14" H x 16" W x 8" D Limited Edition of 25

Face of a Proud People
Face of a Proud People

BRONZE, 38” H x 17” W x 12” D Edition of 30

Evening Seranade (Bookends)
Evening Seranade (Bookends)

BRONZE, 10" H x 17" W Limited Edition of 40

The Arrow's Quest
The Arrow's Quest

BRONZE, 17" H x 9" W x 8" D Limited Edition of 30

Apache Eyes
Apache Eyes

BRONZE, 12" H x 7" W x 7" D Limited Edition of 30

I Will Tell of the Hunt 10 H x 8 W 72dpi
I Will Tell of the Hunt 10 H x 8 W 72dpi

BRONZE, 10" H x 8" W Limited Edition of 30

The Warrior's Vow
The Warrior's Vow

BRONZE, 18" H x 7" W x 7" D Limited Edition of 30

Among His Ancestors
Among His Ancestors

BRONZE, 13” H x 11” W x 11” D Edition of 30

Bound for Abilene
Bound for Abilene

BRONZE, 11” H x 15” W x 9” D Edition of 30

Over the Rim
Over the Rim

BRONZE, 19” H x 16” W x 12” D Edition of 30

Remnant of the Past
Remnant of the Past

BRONZE, 10" H x 9" W x 12" D Limited Edition

Scent on the Wind
Scent on the Wind

BRONZE, 11" H x 10" W Limited Edition of 25

The Getaway
The Getaway

BRONZE, 8" H x 11" W Limited Edition of 25

High Stepper
High Stepper

BRONZE, 8" H x 8" W Limited Edition of 25

Currently in the process of building Bill Nebeker's full listing of Miniature Bronzes.

The Eyes of Texas ~ Maquette
The Eyes of Texas ~ Maquette

BRONZE, 14” H x 9” W x 8” D Edition of 30 Available as a 7 ft. Monument

Jigger Boss
Jigger Boss

BRONZE, 10" H x 7″ W x 5" D Limited Edition of 30

Well Heeled
Well Heeled

BRONZE, 7" H x 6″ W x 6" D Limited Edition of 50

Entertainin' the Boys
Entertainin' the Boys

BRONZE, 8" H x 7″ W Limited Edition of 40

The Eyes of Texas ~ 7' ft. Monument
The Eyes of Texas ~ 7' ft. Monument

BRONZE, 7' ft. Tall Limited Edition of 6 Available as a 12" Maquette

Apache Lookout ~ 7' ft. Monument
Apache Lookout ~ 7' ft. Monument

BRONZE, 7' ft. H x 32" W x 40" D Limited Edition of 9 "Standing alone on a high ridge above the hidden entrance to his encampment, this watchful Apache is mindful of his people’s honor and traditions..." ~Bill Nebeker