Fred Fellows

1934 – 

About Fred Fellows


Fred Fellows is a painter and sculptor who works in the western realist style. He was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he was influenced by the cultures of the Otoe and Osage Indians, whose reservations were nearby.

Although Fellows moved to California in his youth and attended high school in Los Angeles, his interest in cowboy life continued. He competed in rodeos, worked as a saddle maker for Butler Saddlery, and was a cowboy at the Jamison Ranch.

This period of his life was followed by serving as Art Director for Northrup Aircraft, which honed his composition skills for the realist style of painting and sculpture that would later become his signature work. In 1968, Fred Fellows was voted into membership of the Cowboy Artists of America, a group of western artists dedicated to the traditional style and western subject matter of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. In 1997, he served as President of the CAA. He has won numerous awards at the groups’ annual exhibitions including Artists Choice, 2007; Oil Painting Award, Silver, 1988; Sculpture Award, Gold Medal, 1995 and 1991; Drawing and Other Media, Silver, 1989; Drawing Award, Silver, 1977; Kieckhefer Award: Best of Show, 1991; and CAA Memorial Award, 1975.

Fred Fellows’ paintings and sculptures have been featured in many magazines and selected for world-wide advertising by Philip Morris, Inc. In 1981, his artwork was included in the first American art exhibit in mainland China. Fred Fellows lived with his wife, Deborah (also a sculptor) and their daughter at Woods Bay Point on Flathead Lake at Bigfork, Montana, for many years. They now reside in Sonoita, Arizona.

Biography from Ask Art