09 Aug Quest for the West artist Josh Elliott
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists. Meet Quest for the West Artist Josh Elliott.
Born 1973, in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana
JOSH ELLIOTT WAS RAISED to appreciate art and is a third generation artist. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His Father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist. Josh’s father taught and encouraged him. Josh 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. Josh credits his recent growth to the teachings of artists John and Terri Moyers who stress the fundamentals of drawing and composition.
Born in Montana, Josh lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana’s landscape and people. Josh now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.
2015, oil, 33
In my work for Quest this year I tried to paint ideas rather than specific locations. I used color harmonies, lighting effects, and patterns in my effort to convey what I felt about these scenes. My overall goal is to make something pleasing to the eye.
Notable awards and achievements:
2011 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2010 The 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, Edith Hamlin Award
2007 The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Artistic Merit Award
2007 C.M. Russell Art Auction, Honorary Chairman Award
2006 The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Legacy and Artistic Merit Awards
2005 Tucson Plein Air, Maynard Dixon and Quick Draw Awards
Northwest Rendezvous Group
Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona
Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming