C. M. Russell Museum

Great Falls, MT

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An Exact View

Images from left to right: Judy Sleight, Tournament of Roses, 1998, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches; Paco Young, Hook Up, oil, 1998, 16 x 36 inches; M. C. Poulsen, Avalanche Lake, oil, 18 x 24 inches; Monte Dolack, The Watchers, courtesy of Monte Dolack Graphics; Stanley Hughes, Ridin for Justice, mixed media, 27 x 14 inches.


The C.M. Russell Museum is presenting An Exact View, a special exhibition on display through September 1, 1999. This exhibition is a collection of works by seven living artists who create paintings that are precise and realistic. Participating artists are Reid Christie, Cody, Wyoming; Monte Dolack, Missoula, Montana; Stanley Hughes, Missoula, Montana; Michael Poulsen, Cody, Wyoming; Judy Sleight, Seattle, Washington; Jeff Walker, Fort Shaw, Montana; and Pace Young, Bozeman, Montana.

Although the artworks in An Exact View offer a wide range of themes, each artist was concerned with communicating a subject in great detail rather than as a broad expression of brush strokes or an abstracted form. The images chosen for the show were selected because they accurately reflect a subject, and are true to its shape, color, and texture. What distinguishes each of these artists' works is an interest in portraying exactly what the image is - be it a flower, a portrait or a landscape. While viewing the exhibition, a first impression is one of easy recognition, however, a closer examination of the details will encourage an ongoing exploration.

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