Well There's Your Problem
Well There's Your Problem
Through the Grass
Through the Grass
Taking Pause with Lincoln
Taking Pause with Lincoln
Soap Opera Laundry
Soap Opera Laundry
Providence
Providence
Movie Night
Movie Night
High Shade
High Shade
Got Charger
Got Charger
Charmed I'm Sure
Charmed I'm Sure
Be-Bops
Be-Bops


Michael 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 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, Denver CO

2016 Maxwell Alexander Black Friday Exhibition, Los Angeles CA

2016 Headline Artist, Traveling The West Art Show & Sale, TBA

2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show & Sale, Cheyenne WY

2016 Whitefish Invitational Art Show, Quick Finish Artist, Whitefish MT

2016 C.M. Russell Museum Art Auction, Great Falls MT

2016 First Strike Friday Night Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

2016 Art In Action Artist, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

2015 Mountain Oyster Club 46th Annual Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale, Tuscon AZ

2015 “Rebels & Renegades” Split Solo Show, Betsy Swartz Fine Art, Bozeman MT

2015 Traveling The West Art Show & Sale, Dallas,TX

2015 “Rust and Dust” Invitational Split Solo Show, Clymer Museum, Ellensburg WA

2015 Heart of the West Art Auction, Coeur D’Alene ID

2015 Calgary Stampede Western Art Live Auction, Quick Draw Artist, Calgary AB, Canada

2015 Whitefish Invitational Art Show, Whitefish MT

2015 “Ride On In”, Invitational Show, St. George Art Museum, St. George UT

2015 Out West Art Show & Sale, Great Falls MT

2015 C.M. Russell First Strike Friday Night Auction, Great Falls MT

2015 Art In Action Artist, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

2015 Western Spirit Art Show & Sale, Old West Museum, Cheyenne WY

2014 62nd Annual Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito CA

2014 Western Art Collector Award of Excellence, ICONS of the West, Missoula MT

2014 Innovators, Inventors and Entrepreneurs, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell MT

2014 First Strike Friday Night Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls MT

2014 Western Masters Art Show & Sale, Great Falls, MT

2013 Invitational Show, Form, Figure & Function, Waterworks Art Museum, Miles City MT

2013 Western Masters Art Show and Sale, Great Falls MT

2012 Juried Exhibition, Western Design Conference, Jackson Hole WY



Awards:

2016 Boldbrush Award April

2016 second place figurative division, Mondial Art Academy

2015 Best In Show 2D, Art Across Montana, WaterWorks Art Museum

2015 Public Art Installation, Big Sky Montana

2015 Award of Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Spirit Art Show

2015 Public Art Installation, Downtown Billings Montana

2014 Award of Excellence, Western Art Collector Magazine, ICONS of the West

2014 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

2012 MAP certification, Montana Arts Council

2012 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