From the moment in the early 1960s when Bill Anton first saw the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Montana, he gave his heart and mind over to the expansive Western landscape. Exposed to art and museums early in life, Anton developed a talent for drawing and painting, which was nurtured by contemporary masters Ned Jacob, Jim Reynolds, and Michael Lynch. Anton greatly admires the work of the master of Western painting, Frank Tenney Johnson, and the California Impressionists of the last century, primarily Edgar Payne.
Anton’s work has remained in high demand. He exhibits yearly in several invitational shows, including the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
At the 2020 Prix de West, Anton’s painting Makeshift Ambulance won the Prix de West Purchase Award, and at the 2016 Prix de West, his painting Deep in the Wind Rivers won the Frederick Remington Award for Painting. He has won several awards at the Autry’s Masters of the American West. In 2015 he won the Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award for his painting Campers or Cow Thieves? In 2012 his painting Arizona Awakening won the Masters of the American West Purchase Award, and at the 2011 Masters Anton won the Spirit of the West Award and the Gene Autry Memorial Award, Sponsored by Jay H. Grodin, for the best display of three or more works. He also won the Sue and Judson Ball Spirit of the West Award at the 2010 Masters and received the Pat and Bill Burford / Texas Art Gallery Spirit of the West Award at the 2009 Masters. He won the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the 2011 Prix de West in Oklahoma City, and in 2009 won both the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award for the best display of three or more works. He lives with his family just outside Prescott, Arizona.
Bill Anton is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.