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  • Quest for the West artist Josh Elliott

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 02, 2016

    Elliott 2016
    Josh Elliott

    Born 1973 in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana

    Ancient Shadows
    2016, oil, 35 x 38 inches

    I was struck by the shadow patterns in this scene of antelope ruins in Canyon de Chelly. I began to think about how the Anasazi would have had an intimate knowledge of light and shadow and how it affected their lives living deep down in the canyon. These shadows have been witnessed by people for centuries—they are Ancient Shadows.


    A THIRD-GENERATION ARTIST, Josh Elliott was raised to appreciate art. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, who gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist, taught and encouraged him. Elliott learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. He sees his outdoor paintings as a reaction to what is in front of him, and feels they act as sit-ups and push-ups to sharpen his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting out, combined with his own artistic interpretation. Elliott credits his recent growth to the teachings of artists John and Terri Moyers, who stress the fundamentals of drawing and composition.

    Born in Montana, Elliott lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana’s landscape and people. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2010       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Ben Stahl Award
    2008       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Palette Award
    2007       Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Edith Hamlin Award
    2007       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Artistic Merit Award
    2007       C. M. Russell Art Auction, Honorary Chairman Award
    2006       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Legacy and Artistic Merit Awards
    2005       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Maynard Dixon and Quick Draw Awards

    Memberships

    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery Representation

    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
    joshelliottart.com





  • Quest for the West artist Barry Eisenach

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 01, 2016

    Eisenach 2016

    Barry Eisenach

    Born 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; lives in Arvada, Colorado


    Eagle Spirit
    2014, bronze, 44 x 15 x 18 inches

    Having grown up in the American West, I am naturally drawn to portraying the lives and history of the people of this region. For those of us who work in this genre, it is a privilege to stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us.


    AFTER TWO YEARS at Colorado State University, Barry Eisenach attended and graduated from Colorado Institute of Art. He spent twenty-three years as an illustrator and graphic designer before turning his attention to sculpting and painting. Eisenach was featured in the January 2000 edition of Southwest Art and the July/August 2008 and 2011 issues of Art of the West. He was elected to membership in the Northwest Rendezvous Group in 2003 and is a juried Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society. He and his wife, Patti, enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains, snorkeling, beaches, and travel. Their son, Justin, lives in California.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Heritage Award (also 2006, 2007, 2008)
    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Award of Merit (also 2004, 2008)
    2003       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Silver Rose Award
    2003       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Montana Historical Society Legacy Award
    2003       Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, Gold Medal for Sculpture (also 2002)
    2002       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Best in Show
    1999       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, John Spring Art Founder Award

    Memberships

    National Sculpture Society
    Northwest Rendezvous

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
    Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
    Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
    barryeisenach.com





  • 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





  • Quest for the West artist Mikel Donahue

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

    Donahue 2016

    Mikel Donahue

    Born 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    Profile in Pride
    2016, mixed media, 18 x 18 inches

    Honor, character, pride—profile of a lost nation.


    MIKEL DONAHUE is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up-to-sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

    As described in the 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine, “A pensive, almost dream-like sheen emanates from most of Donahue’s canvases, a result of both his informed approach towards his subject matter and his technical proficiency.“ A past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. His knowledge of the subject matter is aided by time spent on ranches, hundreds of photographs, and numerous sketches and field notes to remind him of certain moments.

    Born and raised in Tulsa, Donahue was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather, who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. His maternal grandfather exposed him to Western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, and what was then the National Cowboy Fall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences: a life breeding quarter horses with his wife, Christie, on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2013       Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, John Steven Jones Purchase Award
    2011       Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year
    2010       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Premier Platinum Award and William E. Weiss Purchase Award
    2009       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award
    2009       American Quarter Horse Museum, America’s Horse in Art, Featured Artist
    2009       One-man show at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during the quarter horse race meet
    2008       Working Ranch Cowboys Association, Cowboy Art Show and Sale, Best of Show
    2006       Working Ranch Cowboys Association, Cowboy Art Show and Sale, Best of Show

    Representation

    Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona





  • Quest for the West artist Steve Devenyns

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 29, 2016

    Devenyns 2016

    Steve Devenyns

    Born 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri; lives in Cody, Wyoming

    Icon of the West
    2016, oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches

    The cowboy has long stood as a symbol of the American West. Cowboys are a roughhewn breed who stand for honesty and rugged individualism. Many live by an unwritten code to be good stewards of the land and animals in their care. Their job is not always glamorous, but they approach each day with determination to do what has to be done regardless of circumstances. Cowboys seem to find peace and solitude in knowing they are part of a long tradition and are truly an Icon of the West.


    RAISED IN COLORADO, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West, and wide-open spaces. As a horseman and outdoorsman, he enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, his long recuperation period was spent discovering the layers of his creativity, which led to the start his career as an artist. Although primarily self-taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey, and most of all, by Ray Swanson.

    Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines. He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Museum’s Annual Western Art Show & Sale in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. Last year he was the Featured Artist at the America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale at the AQHA Museum in Amarillo, Texas, and an Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, Wyoming. He exhibits at the Prix de West, Quest for the West, Western Visions, the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2010       National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award
    2006       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, People’s Choice Award
    2002       Foundation for North American Sheep, Artist of the Year
    1997       Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year

    Publications

    Art of the West
    Inform Art

    Southwest Art
    U.S. Art

    Western Horseman

    Memberships

    Academy of Western Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
    Cogswell Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    stevedevenyns.com

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