Elliott, Josh

Elliott, Josh

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 14th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. 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 some of the country’s biggest names in Western art.  Meet Quest for the West® artist Josh Elliott.

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

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. Josh now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.

Josh believes that we were made to appreciate beauty, and he feels his work is a celebration of beauty and truth. Although being true to reality is important to Josh, he aims to create “art;” something interpretive, something more than a good rendering, something of himself. Josh says, “A good painting, to me, is Nature’s truth filtered through the artist.”

Notable Awards and Achievements
2018  
     Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award of Distinction
2018       Piece in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Western Art at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming
2016       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
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

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

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