"He turns his ol' belly right up toward the sun, he sure is a sun-fishin' son-of-uh-gun. He's the worst bucker I seen on the range; he can turn on a nickel and give yuh some change." A stanza from the original poem, "The Outlaw Bronco," penned by "Curley" Fletcher describes the horse's action in this sculpture. This poem was set to music and is known today as the popular country western ballad, "The Strawberry Roan." There are 4 casts available in the series of 5. See my most recent blog post for the entire poem. This piece along with four other sculptures from my portfolio are on exhibit April 28-June 17,2013 at the Waterworks Art Museum in Miles City, MT., as part of their Western Art Roundup held in conjunction with the World Famous Bucking Horse Sale.
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Greg Eiselein is a life long Montanan born in Roundup and grew up on the family cattle ranch northwest of town in the Little Snowy Mountains. He and his wife, Colene, reside on a small piece of the homestead lands where his great grandfather settled in 1903. The history of this great region has always intrigued him. In it's early existence, Roundup, was settled in 1882, and consisted of a little log store and saloon that entertained many a weary cowpuncher looking for strays up and down the Musselshell valley. Every year the ranchers would hold their roundups on the high grassy table land bordering where the town stands today. In his estimation it is a privilege to live, work, and study this diversely interesting area which he portrays in the work he produces in the Snowy Mountain Studio.
Greg's capacity for creativity is boundless, working in oil and sculpture His subjects are wide ranging and include landscapes, wildlife, Native Americans, and western historical narratives. His studies of bygone days of the American West are evident in many of his bronzes. In painting Greg strives to create aesthetically pleasing scenes, transposing images to canvas, yet interjecting his own appreciation and understanding of the physical landscape. His paintings have been described as utilizing dynamic composition coupled with rich, pure, color, from to warm to cool, often eliciting an emotional response. Each piece conveys a sense of endless wonder and imagination. Greg's stylistic approach would remind one of reflections, memories, and dreams combined with reality; thoughtful and moving.
Greg's art inclinations surfaced early; his talents were further cultivated during his brief art studies at Eastern Montana College, now MSU-Billings.
His artist statement reads," My urgency to create art grows daily as I get older. It is what I must do. I wish to leave a legacy for future generations. Primarily self-taught, I paint and sculpt in a traditional, realistic style. My passion in painting belongs to light and how it transforms color directly and indiredtly on the subject at hand. It is up to the viewer to determine if I have captured the light. Ever the student I strive for improvement."
Eiselein's work appears in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Canada. He has participated in the Yellowstone Art Museum annual auction in Billings, Montana, and the invitational" The Russell," Show and Sale to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. He participates in the Cody Art Show, Wyoming, held annually at the historic Irma Hotel during Cody's Rendezvous Royale in September. His "Ranchscapes" collection was included in the Waterworks Gallery & Museum, Miles City, MT., 2012 " Western Art Roundup Exhibition." WAR is held in conjunction with the World Famous Bucking Horse Sale annually. He received the invitation in 2013 to return with a showing of the latest work in his sculpture portofolio. He participated in the Custer County Art Center's 2012 annual auction and St. John's Lutheran Ministries "Art for the Ages" in Billings, 2010-2012.
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
Western Art Roundup Waterworks Art Museum 4/28/2013-6/16/2013 Reception: 5/19/2013 (9:30 - 11:30)
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