Primarily known as a cowboy artist, Harold T. Holden, or “H” as he is known to most folks, has been capturing the West in sculpture and paintings for over 40 years. While his work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp, his public sculptures have also kept him busy, with 23 monuments completed in the last 30-plus years.
In 2001 Holden received the Governor’s Art Award from Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, and he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. In 2005 he was selected as a Distinguished Alumni from Oklahoma State University, and in 2012 was elected for membership in the Cowboy Artists of America organization. Holden was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014 and in 2017 he was the first Oklahoma artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He was the recipient of the James Earle Fraser sculpture award at the 2020 Prix de West.
Holden lives near Kremlin, Oklahoma, with his wife, Edna Mae.