Seth Hadlock was born and raised in Liberty, Utah, where he grew up watching his mother paint horses. After becoming interested in art at a young age, Seth went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Weber State University. Seth has also spent his life working with animals and exploring the mountains, which are the main subjects of is work. His favorite medium is graphite and charcoal because it gives his art an older, antique look and because he can capture small details, like a horse's eyes or the stitching of a bridle. He focuses his art on realism and accurate detail.
My art focuses on the rare simplicity of the ranching and old rodeo lifestyle that is rapidly disappearing in the shadows of development. Using mainly the blacks and whites of graphite and charcoal, I can draw attention to the simple details and vintage themes of my images. I want to hold onto this simple, yet detailed life and show it to the world. I realize the importance of noticing small details like the way the hair lays across the horse and the details of a used, old rope that most people don’t take the time to notice.
Not only do I get to use my art to help viewers recognize the beauty of the ranching lifestyle, I also get to use it to promote the exciting life of rodeo. With the help of my wife’s graphic design skills, I am able to represent local cowboys who have dedicated their lives to rodeo and bring their skills to life through art. The life of the true American cowboy is slowly fading away, but many of us are dedicated to keeping it alive. I’m proud to be part of that community.
Seth, along with his wife and two kids, works on a cattle ranch with his granddad, raises horses and cattle with his dad, is a horse trainer, and competes as a steer wrestler in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Seth spends his free time helping his kids learn to work with horses and compete in youth rodeo, creating art, and serving on the Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo committee. You can see more of his his work on sethhadlockart.com or @SethHadlockArt on Facebook and Instagram.
We are so happy to feature Seth this month in conjunction with Pioneer Days. Stop into Art Box on Friday, July 5th between 6-9pm to meet Seth and see his intimate and beautiful work, which will remain on exhibit during the entire month of July!