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    THEODORE WADDELL (American, b. 1941)
    Longhorn #14, 1984
    Oil on canvas
    48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: T.J. Waddell
    Titled, signed, and dated verso: Longhorn #14 / Theodore J. Waddell / 2/1984 ©

    Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco (label verso);
    Private collection.

    Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana (label verso).

    Like his Montana artist predecessors Charles Russell and Olaf Seltzer, Waddell paints what he sees in the environment around him. Given their great differences in style and technique, all three of these artists share a common ground. Each drew their artistic inspiration in large measure from ranching. Russell and Seltzer produced paintings that were reflective of earlier times and were successful in creating a body of work that offers a glimpse into the origins of ranching in Montana. Their work has come to be synonymous with the term Western art. Waddell has pushed beyond those artistic boundaries to create a singular vision of the Modern West.

    As both a rancher and an artist, Theodore Waddell depicts the animals and the land that he knows. His paintings are striking proof that the Art of the American West has evolved to encompass a wide range of subjects, styles, and techniques. Having trained in the art academies back East, Waddell is a third generation Montanan returned home to teach art and draw inspiration for his own art from his family ranch. Waddell finds his subjects in his everyday pursuits. The animals that he paints - specifically the horses and longhorns seen here - are the animals that he works with each day. Even though his technique is more abstract than realistic, his intent is to reproduce the individual personality of each animal. Waddell is intimately familiar with changes in color, light, even texture that come with the change in seasons. He may return repeatedly to the same subjects, but each painting reflects a different time of year on the ranch.

    Condition Report*: Very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    16th Wednesday
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