Harold T. Holden, or “H” as he is known to most folks, has been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for more than 40 years. He credits his father, who was a horseman, for his love of the West, and his grandfather, George E. Failing, for encouraging his fine-art career.
While Holden’s work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp, public sculptures have kept him busy the last few decades, with 22 monuments completed in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. Among these sculptures is the seven-foot likeness of National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum benefactor Edward L. Gaylord. Holden also created the Wrangler statue that is presented to winners of the Museum’s Western Heritage Awards, as well as the 2011 Prix de West collector’s bolo.
Holden was a 2001 recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Art Award, and in 2005 was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by Oklahoma State University. He was elected into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 2012, and he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014. In April 2017 he became the first Oklahoma artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Holden lives near Kremlin, Oklahoma, with his wife, Edna Mae.