I Wanna Be A Cowboy by Marshall Harris

I Wanna Be A Cowboy by Marshall Harris

January 4 – February 20, 2019

RECEPTION: Friday, January 4, 2019

Fort Works Art, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, presents I

Wanna Be A Cowboy, an exhibition showcasing original graphite on mylar drawings

and limited edition prints by Fort Worth artist Marshall Harris.

Coinciding with the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo this exhibition includes

several of Harris’ original Saddle drawings, as well as his renowned ‘The Hand That

Feeds’ drawing, on loan from collectors. This will be the first time these incredible

original works will be on view to the public in Fort Worth. Keeping in the western

theme, Harris will also have new additions to his colorful Psychedelic Saddle series

that are available in various sizes.

Marshall Harris creates extremely complex and larger than life drawings executed with

graphite on mylar. Each piece is labor intensive, comprising 300 - 400 hours spent

rendering every small and seemingly insignificant characteristic of his subject, be it a

scar on human skin or the creases found on a well-loved leather saddle. With his

extraordinary and obsessive attention to detail, Harris invites you as the viewer to see

the history of commonplace objects and the impact they have on our lives.

Born in Texas, Harris received his B.F.A from TCU in 1979 and his M.F.A in sculpture

from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. Following a career in the

National Football League from 1980-86, Harris turned his attentions towards creative

vocations including Museum Curator, Graphic Designer and Exhibit Designer for zoos

and aquaria and finally fine artist in 2006. His work has been exhibited nationally and is

held in corporate and private collections. Harris was the recipient of the prestigious

Hunting Art Prize in 2013.

As of September 2018, Harris was selected as the first Artist In Residence in a new

program at Fort Works Art Gallery. Through their non-profit Gallery of Dreams, Harris

will have the opportunity to create a new body of work in a provided studio space for a

one year term that will conclude with a solo exhibition. While allowing the artist to

focus on creating work in a welcoming and inspiring environment, the residency

program gives the opportunity for students and the community to observe and engage

with a working artist. The program will also include artist lectures and various

educational opportunities.

For inquiries please contact Sarah Colby at sarah@fortworksart.com / 469.964.4602