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MICHAEL BLESSING

BOZEMAN, MT  59715

USA

Tel. : (406) 548-5953

Email : info@blessingfineart.com

Website : www.blessingfineart.com

 

 

AMBASSADEUR POUR L'ETAT DU MONTANA (USA)

STATE OF MONTANA (USA) AMBASSADOR

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Michael Blessing spent his formative years in rural Montana, surrounded by the land, the people, and the experiences that small town America provided. Having discovered an initial inclination toward figurative painting, he favors a candid view of his subjects.

 

As a rule, Michael Blessing is drawn to strong compositions, vibrant color, and bold lines. His figurative work and paintings of vintage Western nostalgia are widely appealing, often reminiscent of classic Americana, and have an edgy quality that is both contemporary and timeless.


Michael’s work has been featured in various publications, including Western Art & Architecture, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly and Western Art Collector, and his paintings have won Awards of Excellence from both Western Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazines.

 

He is also the recipient of the BOLDBRUSH Award for April, 2016.

  

     

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS  

 

 

‘Solo Show of Figurative Work’, Old Main Gallery, Bozeman MT, August 2017


‘Reflections Of Montana’, Old Main Gallery, Bozeman MT, July 2016


‘Neon West’, Coila Evans Art Gallery, Roundup MT, July 2015


‘Contemporary West’, U.S Bank, Butte MT, August 2012 

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 


2017

 

Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne WY

 

C.M. Russell Museum Art Auctions, Friday & Saturday, Great Falls MT

 

Out West Art Show & Sale, Great Falls MT

 

Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, Denver CO

 


2016

 

Maxwell Alexander Black Friday Exhibition, Los Angeles CA

 

Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne WY

 

Whitefish Invitational Art Show, Quick Finish Artist, Whitefish MT


C.M. Russell Museum Art Auction, Great Falls MT

 

First Strike Friday Night Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

 

Art In Action Artist, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

 


2015

 

Mountain Oyster Club 46th Annual Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale, Tuscon AZ

 

“Rebels & Renegades” Split Solo Show, Betsy Swartz Fine Art, Bozeman MT

 

Traveling The West Art Show & Sale, Dallas,TX

 

“Rust and Dust” Invitational Split Solo Show, Clymer Museum, Ellensburg WA

 

Heart of the West Art Auction, Coeur D’Alene ID

 

Calgary Stampede Western Art Live Auction, Quick Draw Artist, Calgary AB, Canada

 

Whitefish Invitational Art Show, Whitefish MT

 

“Ride On In”, Invitational Show, St. George Art Museum, St. George UT

 

Out West Art Show & Sale, Great Falls MT

 

C.M. Russell First Strike Friday Night Auction, Great Falls MT

 

Art In Action Artist, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

 

Western Spirit Art Show & Sale, Old West Museum, Cheyenne WY

 

 

2014

 

62nd Annual Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito CA

 

Western Art Collector Award of Excellence, ICONS of the West, Missoula MT

 

Innovators, Inventors and Entrepreneurs, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell MT

 

First Strike Friday Night Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

 

Western Masters Art Show & Sale, Great Falls, MT

 


2013

 

Invitational Show, Form, Figure & Function, Waterworks Art Museum, Miles City MT

 

Western Masters Art Show and Sale, Great Falls MT

 


2012

 

Juried Exhibition, Western Design Conference, Jackson Hole WY 

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

2016

 

Boldbrush Award, April

 

Second Place, Figurative Division, Mondial Art Academy International

 


2015

 

Best In Show 2D, Art Across Montana, WaterWorks Art Museum

 

Public Art Installation, Big Sky Montana

 

Award of Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Spirit Art Show


Public Art Installation, Downtown Billings Montana

 

 

2014 

 

Award of Excellence, Western Art Collector Magazine, ICONS of the West

 

SIG Grant, Montana Arts Council

 

 

2013

 

Public Art Installation, Downtown Bozeman Montana

 

 


PUBLICATIONS

 


Western Art & Architecture, ‘The Contemporary West In Harmony’, August 2015


Big Sky Journal Arts Issue, ‘Creative Business’, July 2015


Western Art Collector, ‘Technicolor Connections’, June 2014


Montana Quarterly Magazine, ‘Distilled Life’, Summer 2006

 

 


EDUCATION

 


2014

 

Painting Workshop, Robert Moore, Declo, ID

 


2012

 

MAP coaches certification, Montana Arts Council

 

MAP certification, Montana Arts Council

 

Oil mentorship, Josh Elliot, Helena Montana

 


2003

 

Painting Workshop, Peggy Kroll, Federicksburg TX

 


2002

 

Pencil Drawing Mentorship, Ralph Weigman, Bozeman MT

 

 


REPRESENTATION

 


Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe NM

 

K. Newby Gallery, Tubac AZ

 

Old Main Gallery, Bozeman MT

 

Coila Evans Art Gallery, Roundup MT

 

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 


Triple Creek Ranch, Darby MT


Corporate Installation, Denver CO


Spur Cross Ranch, Bozeman MT


Waterworks Art Museum, Miles City MT

 

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