Elling William "Bill" Gollings

1878 - 1932
Painter, printmaker
Origin: United States
Born: 1878, Pierce City, Idaho
Died: 1932, Sheridan, Wyoming

Elling William Gollings, known to friends simply as "Bill," moved around the United States during his childhood, living in such diverse states as Idaho, Michigan, New York, and Illinois. However, it was his earliest days spent on a ranch in Idaho that left the strongest impression, and after completing high school in Chicago, Gollings traveled west to become a cowboy in what he referred to as the "vanishing West." He worked in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Montana herding sheep, working with cattle, and performing odd jobs, but soon discovered that he could not deny his love for art and his need to portray a way of life that was quickly disappearing. At twenty-five, Gollings began painting, and found the endeavor to be profitable, selling several of his works. Following this amateur success, he received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied for two terms.

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The Call
1910, Oil on Canvas
Elling William "Bill" Gollings
United States, 1878 - 1932