The Art of Rodeo by Brandon Bailey, Chris Navarro & Randy Wagner
Hardcover 272 pages -- Title Page Autographed by Chris Navarro
Works by Brandon Bailey, Chris Navarro & Randy Wagner
The Art of Rodeo a book featuring the works of artists sculptor Chris Navarro from Casper, WY, painter Brandon Bailey and photographer Randy Wagner from Cheyenne WY. The Art of Rodeo tells the many facets and stories of rodeo, using drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography to express the excitement, danger and passion of the sport. Focusing on the legend and history of Wyoming’s Cheyenne Frontier Days the book tells the early days of rodeo to the present.
Newly released June 1,2020 the hardbound book with 272 pages and over 600 images. These images were edited down from viewing over 20,000 photos with many of the images dating back over 100 years. The stories, images and art showing the greats and legends of rodeo. Horses like Steamboat, Midnight and legendary cowboys Yakima Canutt, Jackson Sundown, Bill Picket, Freckles Brown, Larry Mahan, Lane Frost and many others.
National award-winning artist Chris Navarro from Casper, WY. He is a former bull and bronc rider, still competes in team roping. Has been sculpting professionally since 1986 and is best known for his many large public sculptures throughout the country including the Champion Lane Frost Monument at CFD.
Painter Brandon Bailey, from Cheyenne, WY, claims Western art came naturally to him. He rode bulls competitively and rode for the LCCC rodeo team.
Randy Wagner is also from Cheyenne, WY and has been photographing the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and designed the photo pit for CFD. The photo pit at CFD revolutionized rodeo photography by allowing a photo lens to be set inches above ground level thereby capturing great action rodeo shots.
Chris Navarro - Biography
National award-winning artist Chris Navarro from Casper, WY and Sedona, AZ is owner of Navarro Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Sedona, AZ. Navarro has been sculpting professionally since 1986. He is best known for his large public sculptures. With over 34 monumental bronze sculptures placed throughout the country. Recent monumental sculptures include a 16-foot-tall Bronze of the famous bucking horse Steamboat for the University of Wyoming. ‘’ and ‘’The Messenger’’ for the historical Alamo Mission in San Antonio, TX. His work is included in 12 museum collections. The author of 3 books ‘’CHASING THE WIND’’ ‘’EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE’ ’and’’ DARE TO DREAM BIG’’ He was selected as the Honorary Artist for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody; WY received the 2015 Wyoming Governor’s art award and in 2018 the Distinguished Alumni Award from Casper College.
Chris, a former bull and bronc rider, still competes in team roping. Chris says “Family, horses, rodeo and art have been the driving passions of his life. I love what I do for a living and hope others can see that through the work I have created. When you love what you are doing the real reward is in the experience of doing it. One of the great things in working with bronze it is such a strong, durable, and permanent medium.
Everyone wants to live on in their work. Knowing my work will be standing in the sun long after I’m gone for future generations to experience and enjoy is extremely rewarding. In the end it is not about how many years you lived in this world but what you leave behind that truly matters.