Billie Hampton

Bill Hampton was born in California on May 10, 1925. He grew up in the Thousand Oaks area of California near Los Angeles. After serving in the Navy Air Corps for three years as a rear gunner during World War II, he resumed his artistic career by working for two years for the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank, California. After realizing that he did not care for animation work, he decided to work in the field of commercial art, designing and developing special finishes for furniture. After an accident when he was thrown from a horse, he moved to Apple Valley, California, where he started his art career in earnest and raised his family. Hampton died in 1977. He is the brother of Western artist, Roy Hampton.

Hampton considers himself a multimedia artist working in oils, watercolors, pastels, black and white, mixed media, pen and ink, and charcoal. He has created many art works with western themes and also painted portraits of personalities in the entertainment business. Favorite subjects are horses, cowboys and vaqueros in ranch scenes. The formal art training he received was from the Otis Art Institute (he dropped their course after four months) and from the life drawing classes offered at the Disney studios for servicemen.

The Fine Arts Collection contains two art works by Bill Hampton. “Indian Maiden Nude” (946) is a hand-painted lithograph which is undated. It may also be photo reproduction with original painting. Roy Hampton called it a “Peintre-graveur.” “Nude Behind Tree” (947) is a pencil drawing, also undated. Both paintings are part of the Don Hastings Collection.

Source of Biography
“Bill Hampton,” The Horse Lover’s Magazine, April-May, 1961;
Greaves, Fielding Lewis. “Bill Hampton: Western Artist with a Difference.” Southwest Art, April 1973; Samuels, Peggy and Harold, The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1976;
Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999