Harold T. Holden

Harold T. Holden

Harold Holden (or “H,” as he is called by many) grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, as the first fine artist in his creative family that included inventors, engineers, and horsemen.  His art career began after he attended Oklahoma State University and then graduated from the Texas Academy of Art in Houston.  He began in the commercial art field and eventually took the position of art director at Horseman magazine.  He made the leap to full-time artist in 1973 and joined the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 2012.

H is known for his attention to detail and particularly his sculptures of horses.  Believing that an artist should know his subject matter, he has raised and raced American quarter horses and stays close to the cowboy and ranching way of life.  H’s work is included in many collections and he has completed twenty-two pieces of public art in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas.  In 2001 H received the Oklahoma Governor’s Art Award.  In 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in OKC.  He is only the 10th artist to be inducted and the first artist from Oklahoma to receive this honor. 

H’s work is represented by the Wilcox Gallery in Jackson, WY.  He and his wife, Edna Mae, live outside Kremlin, OK. 

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