Rodeo Reliquary, 1991

After a visit abroad in 1987, Sean Earley transformed his art. He returned steeped in Italy’s ubiquitous religious imagery, eager to paint the icons of his home state’s country and western myths (see “Earley Texas,” TM, December 1990). In this memorial scene, the Rodeo Queen presides over ascending contestants. Set in a rhinestone-encrusted frame by Earley’s collaborator Margaret Sullivan, Rodeo Reliquary is on view at Putti, Sullivan’s shop at 3613 Perry Avenue in Dallas. Throughout his career, Earley contributed many illustrations to this magazine. He died on May 30, 1992.

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