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 Orren Mixer  (1920 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma/Texas      Known for: horse portraits, ranch landscape

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1920 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
 
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2008 (Texas)

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A painter and graphic artist, Mixer is best known through his life-like depictions of livestock, particularly horses. His images of different horse breeds were shown on covers of Western Horseman,  the Quarter Horse Journal, Cattleman, and Oklahoma Today.

He was born in 1920 in Oklahoma City, as the son of Florence Motter and Orren Mrion Mixer, Sr.  He was educated in the public school system and with the help of his high school art teacher, gained a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied from 1938 to 1940.  He subsequently worked in the graphic arts field in New York City, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth, Texas.  Mixer moved to San Diego to work in an aircraft manufacturing, returning to Fort Worth in 1943, where he joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Chicago, working as a visual aids graphic artist, painting Western scenes in his spare time.

Married in 1941, he was discharged from the service in 1946, when he and his wife moved to Oklahoma, building a house and studio near Arcadia/Edmond.

Mixer was inducted in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1993.  He died on April 29, 2008.

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Obituary, The American  Quarter Horse Journal, April 30, 2008

Information courtesy of  Chris Ashworth

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The following, submitted October 2005, is from Barbara Coppins, who has "raised Quarter Horses for decades"  and who owns work by the artist.
 

Orren Mixer has been commissioned by the American Quarter Horse Association in the past to paint the legendary Quarter Horse sires.    For a time prints and posters from its 'legends' series were available thru AQHA of those horses.  His paintings regularly have appeared on the cover of the Quarter Horse Journal, and the Appaloosa News as well, I believe. 

Most of his work is commissioned by private ( and wealthy ) horse breeders so it's rare that one of his pieces comes to market.  They just stay in the family.  Orren Mixer is probably the premier painter of western horses of our day.
 

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