Primarily known as a cowboy artist, Sculptor Harold T. Holden has
been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for over thirty
years. His work varies in size, from large public monuments to being
printed on a U.S. postage stamp. His public sculpture commissions
have occupied much of his time in the last few years. His latest
public monument, a life and one quarter sculpture of Will Rogers
on horseback, was recently installed at the Will Rogers World Airport
in Oklahoma City, OK.
Holden attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from the
Texas Academy of Art in Houston, TX. He then began his art career
in the commercial art field, eventually taking the position of art
director at Horseman Magazine. After a tour of duty with the Navy
in the Vietnam War, Holden returned to the United States to begin
a full time career as a professional artist.
Holden is a member of the Texas Cowboy Artists Association and the
National Western Artists Association and has also been elected as
a Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society. He has
received numerous awards and accolades, including receiving the
Oklahoma Governor's Art Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. He is known for his attention
to detail and particularly his sculptures of horses. Believing that
an artist should really know his subject matter, Holden spends much
of his leisure time team roping and staying close to the cowboy
way of life.
Harold Holden working on his monument "Holding the Claim".