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Bill Mittag (b. 1935)  Artworks >>

Bill Mittag is a distinguished painter of early western landscapes, portraying Native American life and frequently including their handsome teepees among his majestic and expansive views. Born in West Texas, Mittag lived 15 miles from the nearest small town and as a young boy, had the freedom to roam the countryside on horseback. It was a natural progression to go from his rural childhood and rodeo experiences to incorporating this authenticity into the stories behind the subject matter of his present day art. Even before he started painting, he spent countless hours looking at the American West through the eyes of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. Today, Mittag's own historical paintings follow the Plains Indians of North America during the late 1700 and early 1800's. The parched landscapes, dotted with camp scenes, tell the story of the west before the vast expanses of land were forever changed by shadowcatchers, soldiers and road builders. Acutely attuned to detail, he devours reference books about various tribes and researches old photographs to add historical and geographical accuracy to each painting. The perspective he masterfully creates takes the viewer beyond historical moment or a well-executed landscape and allows us to actually feel the impact of the western landscape on the Native Americans who followed the buffalo. The enormity of the Great Plains, the ruggedness of the terrain, and the rapidly changing weather all come to life through the artist's techniqueand visual storytelling. The movement suggested by the impending storm or the bountiful return of the hunters to camp carries our mind forward as we complete the story. Stepping back, we realize that this accomplished artist has given us a taste of the American West and artfully drawn us into its history. Mittag's art has the unique style of the Old Taos Masters, utilizing strong strokes of warm colors while imparting a feeling that the observer has an intimate glimpse of the realities of life in his Native American scenes. Though basically self taught, he has taken workshops from notable instructors at the Scottsdale Artists School and the Cowboy Artists of America. He has participated in numerous juried shows including the Gilcrease Museum Miniature, The Nita Stewart Haley Library Show, Charles Russell Museum Auction, Mountain Oyster Western Art, Cheyenne Frontier Days, George Phippen Western Art, and the Southwest Classic in Kerrville, Texas. In December 1998, he had a special exhibition at The Taos Gallery Scottsdale. Reference:

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