Years in Exhibition:
Lake Valley, New Mexico
Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt’s Shoofly’s drawings are the result of 45 years in the saddle, working diligently as a cowboy enabling his soul to absorb “The Cowboy Way.”
With consummate technique both dramatic and subtle, his art crystallizes the world of today’s ranching – its isolation and its camaraderie, its action and its stillness. The artist’s subjects live in an intensified world of light, shadow, and texture far beyond realism, yet so clearly defined, they make color seem a distraction. Drawings that are the realization of a man who has ridden out, eaten dust, scraped off every inch of himself that wasn’t covered with leather, come in sweaty and aching and gone back for more.
Shoofly’s work is pure and powerful, an artist’s vision of cowboys as they could only be around another cowboy, neither posed nor idealistic. They are the celebrations of a dreamer who has lived his cowboy dream, without the aid of artistic coalition, but rather through individual achievement.