Albert Lee Shelton (June 27th, 1920 - March 22, 2016)
Western artist Al Shelton passed away quietly on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - early morning - with family by his side. Al was born near Greeley, Colorado in 1920.
Albert Lee Shelton (95 years old) was arguably the "most versatile western artist" of the last century. Al always did his best work for clients and would not release an art piece unless it met his high standards. His customers included the famous Hollywood crowd and major music stars as well. Al was known as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars".
Al excelled in leather craft & leather art, sculpting, painting in watercolor & oil, cowboy poetry & prose and guitar performance.
Al Shelton's stories of his days as a cowboy in Colorado and his humble beginnings as a leather craft master were legendary. Most known for his leather work, Al loved to share his skill and expertise, however, not every secret was given away. In addition, Al Shelton wrote for the leather craft magazines with articles appearing regularly for over 20 years.
Today, Al's works of art are part of private collections, major museums (Tandy Leather Museum, The Autry National Center, Cowboy Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) and prominent gallery collections.
Al will be missed by his family and the many friends who continued to visit him in his last residence in Studio City, CA. Many thanks to Al's care team and manager Tim at the Inn on the Boulevard assisted living.
Artisan StudioWorks now has a secure & convenient Etsy site where you can purchase one of a kind guitar accessories and stone guitar pick jewelry designed by artist Greg M Atkin and his team of artisans.
View the revolutionary SharkTooth & Kodiak Crossover Picks and the hand crafted leather guitar strap. In addition, several other artisans have helped develop hand tooled and painted leather wrist cuffs, ornate guitar pins, a banjo clip and other creative designs.
View the gallery below for the creative items currently available.
Western Artist Al Shelton releases a collection of 19 watercolor prints
Al Shelton is know as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars" for his work with Hollywood royalty over the last 65 years. Al has directed Artisan StudioWorks to take to print 17 watercolor images. Most of the images are 8" x 10", matted in a complimentary colored double mat and framed. The finished size of the inside matted work is 11" x 14".
In addition, you get a two CD Al Shelton living history audio book, a leather medallion and a certificate of Authenticity in the kit.
The 17 new watercolor prints bring the total number of Al Shelton works in print to 23 images. All of the images can be view here on this web site.
Each 8" x 10" framed and matted print kit sells for $175.00.
Please click on the link below to purchase your favorite Al Shelton watercolor print.
For phone orders and dealer inquiries - Call Greg M. Atkin at 714-663-0071.
Al Shelton living history audio book is now available separately!
Hear western artist Al Shelton tell many stories about his early cowboy life in Colorado and his development as a western artist. Al tells us about his move out west and how he became known as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars".
Al will also play his guitar and sing a few old cowboy songs.
Take advantage of this historic work of art from Al Shelton!
Click on the CD cover photo below to order your own Al Shelton living history audio book.
Purchase the Al Shelton "Living History" audio book now! Click on the above image.
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
The Al Shelton "Cowboy Artist to the Stars" Living History audio book is now available from Artisan StudioWorks. The two CD audio book is the product of two years of very enjoyable work by Al Shelton and Greg M. Atkin.
The first CD is autobiographical and is read by the author Al Shelton. Al also entertains with his guitar and vocal arrangements of a few favorite cowboy tunes.
The second CD includes a presentation by Matthew Nelson and his rendition of the Ricky Nelson hit song "Lonesome Town". Al goes on to describe his artwork, play the guitar and he reads a few of his cowboy poems and stories.
Click on the photo above to purchase the audio book!
Only $20.00 plus $3.00 S&H for the Al Shelton Living History 2 CD set.
"Thinking of You" by Al Shelton. The original was once owned by Jack Palance!
"Thinking of You"
The new Al Shelton Giclee print on canvas is now available in two sizes
The original oil painting entitled "Thinking of You" was purchased by actor Jack Palance and hung above his ranch fireplace in Tehachapi, CA for over forty years.
The artisan made Giclee prints are signed by famed western artist Al Shelton and come in two sizes.
12" x 16" stretched canvas (unframed)
18" x 24" stretched canvas (unframed) - same size as the original.
A two CD Al Shelton living history audio book is included with each print (a $20.00 value).
Call Greg M. Atkin at 714-663-0071 to order!
"Thinking of You" original oil painting by celebrated western artist Al Shelton is sold during the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival 2013. The painting was once owned by actor Jack Palance.
Western artist Al shelton was honored by the Studio City Neighborhood Council on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. The presentation was made on the CBS Studio City lot on Radford Street. The CBS production studio is on the same grounds as the original Republic Pictures studio which recently celebrated it's 75th birthday.
A Los Angeles City, District #2 representative attended as well and made the presentation after SCNC President John Walker delivered a fine speech. Many thanks to SCNC President John Walker, City Councilman Paul Kerkorian, SCNC Out Reach committee rpresentative Lisa Cahan Davis and Helen Hatat.
You can see and hear the speech and the presentation in this video log. There are several examples of Al Shelton leather art, as well as, other historic photographs shown in the video.
Call Greg M. Atkin AT 714-663-0071 for additional details.
Al's historic studio will be closing very soon and his personal collection is now for sale! This is your chance to own a piece of western art history.
As Al would say, "I look to seeing ya!"
"Cowboy Artist to the Stars" Al Shelton (click photo to watch video)
AL SHELTON... ARTISAN IN THE NEWS!
Western artist Al Shelton is honored by both KCET television and National Public Radio (NPR) with a TV profile and radio story, respectively.
Listen to the NPR story on-line right now!
The NPR radio program about the life and career of "Cowboy Artist to the Stars" Al Shelton is a wonderfully done historical narrative that is available for listening right now on the web.
Please go to the ALL Things Considered program link below and click the "Listen" button to hear the story.
Here is an example of the fine design skill and expert colored pen work of artist Julian Cuellar. This Grateful Dead motif shoe art design celebrates the 50 year anniversary of the Grateful Dead Band.
These hand painted Vans tennis shoes are a men size 9.5.
They are for sale at the price of US$200.00 plus shipping.
Contact Greg M Atkin 714-663-0071
Vans lace up men size 9.5
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