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Quest for the West artist Michael Dudash

by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 30, 2016

Dudash 2016

Michael Dudash

Born 1952 in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Hayden, Idaho

A Fight for Life, a Fight for a Way of Life
2016, oil on linen, 32 x 52 inches

This action painting illustrates in dramatic fashion a period in the Western frontier when 31 million buffalo were killed between 1868 and 1881. The vast herds were a vital resource for Native peoples, and the slaughter of the buffalo threatened their very way of life. At the same time, the economic and military objectives of the encroaching Americans made the taking of the buffalo an obvious choice in this clash of cultures. While the outcome of this particular encounter may be in doubt, the historical end of the Western expansion was always a foregone conclusion.


BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA, C. Michael Dudash settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where he began his full-time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious national reputation. His transition back into fine art was natural, as his influences as an oil painter have been classical painters such as Sargent and Fechin, the Impressionists, and Golden Age illustrators N. C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Maxfield Parrish.

His corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light, and colorful atmosphere that Dudash brings to his work. During the past twelve years he has directed his energies into painting the characters and history of the Old West. “I love the various elements of nineteenth-century frontier subject matter. I get to combine landscapes, vintage gear and clothing, colorful characters, livestock, and interesting history all rolled into a growing body of work. The storytelling aspect is also a lot of fun, one that is full of unlimited possibilities.”

Notable Awards and Achievements

2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2012       Saks Galleries, American Art Invitational, Collectors’ Choice Award
2010       Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition, Award of Excellence
2005       Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Holbein Award of Excellence
2004       Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition, Best Portrait of Show Award

Memberships

Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

Publications

2012       C. Michael Dudash: The Fine Art of Oil Painting, Western Collection

Gallery Representation

Art Obsession, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Coeur d’Alene Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas
cmdudash.com

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