PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA
ARTIST BIO & STATEMENT
“Trying to make a visual poem that in some way expresses the infinite nature of the American prairie landscape on a small canvas– sometimes feels like crossing a vast ocean. The Wind and Sky and the dominance of the disappearing horizon invokes a synchronous sense of insignificance and awe.”
Monte Dolack is an artist and a native of Great Falls, Montana. He was selected by the Missoulian as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the twentieth century. Blending mythology, technology and elements from nature, his work is infused with a sense of humor and irony. Dolack’s keen interest in environmental issues has lead to commissions for the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited. The paintings in this show reflect a love and understanding for the high prairies of central and eastern Montana and a visual voice for the idea that some of the space in the high prairie can be returned to its natural state for future generations.
For more than 40 years Monte’s paintings have been speaking to the importance of a clean environment and resonate his passion for thoughtful preservation of the land and natural resources we all enjoy. He was commissioned by Governor Steve Bullock to do an oil painting for the 2017 Governor’s Inauguration Ball and all attendees received a signed poster.