Gordon Snidow has been known as the foremost chronicler of the contemporary cowboy for over forty years. He is a leader in the development of the American Western Art Movement, and is one of America's out-standing fine artists.
Snidow is recording other aspects of his time. Those include his American Woman Series, Homeless, Wildlife, and one specific work recognizable anywhere in the country today - an adobe wall covered with graffiti.
There are no guarantees for the future of the cowboy, but there is for his past. Thanks to Gordon Snidow, the cowboy in the late 20th century, and his Western world will be preserved.
Snidow was born in Paris, Mo. in 1936. He grew up there, in Oklahoma, and Texas. He earned a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is a charter member of the Cowboy Artists of America. When he retired after 25 years to become a member emeritus, he was the Cowboy Artists Of America top medal winner. Snidow had won 27 Gold and Silver Medals, including three for Best of Show. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the leading Western Art Museums. Some of these are Thomas Gilcrease Museum, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, National Center for American Western Art, The Cody Museum, and The Phoenix Art Museum.
In September 1998, he was awarded the "New Mexico Governor's Award For Excellence In The Arts." Annually he participates in several shows, including the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and The Cowboy Artists Of America Show at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Snidow is the creator of the famous "COORS COWBOY COLLECTORS SERIES." His work has received international critical acclaim with shows in France, China, Taiwan, Russia, England, Germany and Canada. He has been the subject of three books and a British documentary film.