01 Jan Donahue, Mikel
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 Mikel Donahue.
Born 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma; lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
A multiple award-winning member of the Cowboy Artists of America, Mikel Donahue is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His 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 mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.
Donahue, who was born and raised in Tulsa, was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather, who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue’s maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum and what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fa me in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and the iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult, Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding quarter horses with his wife Christie and an award-winning career in the arts. His work has been featured in the Governor’s Gallery at the Oklahoma Capitol Building, and included in exhibitions at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Briscoe Museum of Western Art and other institutions. In May of 2017, Mikel was inducted as a member of the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame, an honor that includes musicians Leon Russell and Elvin Bishop, designer Paul Davis and other notables.
Mikel is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a thirty-three year veteran of the advertising and graphic design business. A multiple award winning designer, his work with local, regional and national accounts has earned him numerous local and regional ADDY, Graphix, Bronze Quill and other design awards.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2018 Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, Other Media
2017 Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, Water Solubles
2017 Inductee, Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame
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 Hall of Fame and Museum, America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale, 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 (also in 2006)
Cowboy Artists of America
The Society of Animal Artists
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona