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Gene Dillard Art Collections

Shop for artwork from Gene Dillard based on themed collections. Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Artwork by Gene Dillard

Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

About Gene Dillard

Gene Dillard THE PAINTINGS OF GENE DILLARD CELEBRATE THE GRANDEUR OF THE VAST LANDSCAPES AND THE DRAMATIC CHARACTERS OF THE REAL WEST AND THE WEST OF OUR CULTURAL IMAGINATION. The American West has been a land of excitement from the time of early explorers. As pioneer settlers moved beyond the Mississippi, they faced enormous challenges, not only in the daunting landscape, but also in establishing law and order and attempting to civilize half a continent. Adventuresome trail drives set the context for the lore and legends of one of the true American icons – the cowboy. The character of the West was first captured on the canvases of great American artists of the nineteenth century like Catlin, Remington and Russell. Dime novels created legendary heroes and fanned their popularity through idealized, glamorized stories of lore and the mystique of six-gun justice. As the myths and tales of the Wild West permeated American culture, it was natural that such stories became perfect fare for early moviemakers. Western comic books emerged as extensions of nineteenth-century dime novels and early twentieth-century movie Westerns. The decades preceding the advent of television, the 1930s through the 1950s, were the golden age of comic books. Western comics presented traditional stories of the old West, as well as popularized movie cowboys, even the "singing" cowboys. Gene's unique vision combines the popular genre of Western art with the contemporary pop art imagery of the comic book for a distinctive confluence of style and content. His paintings appeal to baby-boomers like himself who remember huddling around the radio as a child listening intently to larger-than-life stories about the West. His paintings also appeal to younger generations whose enthrallment with classic comics is evidenced in a plethora of contemporary movies and books. For years to come, viewers will be transported into the world of the nostalgic narratives and colorful characters of the American West through Gene's vibrantly painted canvases. ABOUT GENE DILLARD Growing up in central Texas in a home filled with art created by relatives, Gene Dillard began painting and drawing at an early age. He collected comic books and had a particular affection for Western comics and all the characters that populated their pages. He studied art at Baylor University and completed a degree in fine art at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He completed his second bachelor's degree at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He ascended through a career in advertising design as an Art Director and Creative Director for major national and regional advertising agencies in Texas. He worked on such notable accounts as Exxon, Borden, Phillips Petroleum, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper, Kraft Foods and many others. His ad designs have been published throughout the U.S. in national media. Throughout his career in advertising, Gene maintained a strong parallel activity of painting and teaching art and design. He has taught classes at Southern Methodist University, the Art Institute of Dallas and in the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas. In addition to his "Cowboy Pop" paintings, Gene paints life-like portraits on commission that capture the personality and spirit of his sitters.