Portrait of a Neon Cowboy
January 21, 2022
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
"I was initially thinking about doing a piece with the neon cowboy sign from Las Vegas," says Bryce. "I searched for it, but also found all of these light-up, neon cowboy hats available for sale. It hit me that this kind of accessory was emblematic of the change I've seen in the Midwest, where I've lived my whole life.
"This cowboy or country persona, that many people identify with across the US, has grown and modified with the times. Country music today has evolved, taking on a lot of rock n roll influences. The attire has urbanized. But it still has its distinctively 'country' touchstones, like boots, belt buckles, and most importantly, the cowboy hat. I wanted the blue masculinity of the hat and the pink femininity of the neon-lining to allow any viewer to connect with the artwork, allowing it to be gender-neutral in its appeal. The black background allows the image to really pop in its intensity, and almost light up the void behind it."