Quail Dobbs
Original Painting

QUAIL DOBBS Rodeo Clown original painting

by David Copher

Quail Dobbs always wanted to be a cowboy. When he was required to write a school paper on an admirable person, he chose rodeo icon Jim Shoulders while everyone else in the class selected a movie star. Dobbs, born Aug. 27, 1941, in Albany, Texas, began his rodeo career riding bareback horses and bulls. He found his true calling in 1962 at a Minnesota rodeo when the stock contractor was short a barrel man. Dobbs volunteered and a star was born. Dobbs, a two-time PRCA Clown of the Year and four-time Coors Man in the Can, is one of only three men to work the National Finals Rodeo as both bullfighter and barrel man. He also worked as the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finals barrel man seven times. In a span of more than three decades, Dobbs worked Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days 28 times, Southwestern International Livestock Show and Rodeo (El Paso, Texas) 30 times, West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene, Texas) 27 times and Rodeo Houston 15 times. Through the years, Dobbs’ co-workers in his various acts included the famous Phyllis, pigs, chickens, mules and his explosive cars named after space missions. The 1998 Cheyenne Frontier Days marked Dobbs’ last performance. He hung up his baggy pants and red polka-dotted shirt for a second career, serving as a justice of the peace in Coahoma, Texas. He says it wasn’t much of a transition, since some judges are already thought of as clowns.  Information obtained from the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Original painting of Quail Dobbs the Rodeo Clown
Vivid color on gold with a backdrop of gold foil
Date - 1999
Image Size:  24" x 36 x 1.375"
Framed print is in "good" condition
Price $  2500.00

David Copher
Artist , PRCA rodeo clown,...and other fables. David Copher was raised in central Texas. This will help explain his many problems as a child and difficult temperament. On a rafting trip through the Big Bend he was kidnapped by cowboy-pirates and held against his will for ten years until he was fifteen. During his captivity he began his career as an artist with pencil and pen & ink drawings, then painting in oils, acrylic, and watercolor. His subjects, wildlife, ranch hands, and rodeo cowboys reflect his Texas upbringing, winning him numerous first place and best of show awards.

When he escaped some years ago no one believed him, least of all his family, who refused to accept that his loincloth was not an affectation, but rather, a traditional manly garment in the pirate kingdom. He was driven off from his homeland and settled in the wilds of New Mexico, surround by green chilies the size of pro baseball player contracts. Alone in the caves of this foreign land David began producing bronze sculpture in 1977. His primary subjects were North American Indians, rodeo cowboys who wondered through the Pueblos, and clowns lost from too much sun and makeup.
He participated as a rodeo bull rider, bronc rider, and clown bullfighter to earn his keep during the salad days. Today he performs around the nation as a PRCA rodeo clown and poet when not producing the art that has made him famous.

David knows he is lucky to be alive and rarely ventures near the Big Bend. He’s happy to tell stories around the campfire while he creates his version of the West with words, paint, and iron. Let's see through David’s work. It depicts the motion of American mythology and the ruggedness of the High Plains and her inhabitants.  Information from David Copher.

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