02 Sep Josh Elliott
Born 1973 in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana
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
Northwest Rendezvous Group
Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming