C. M. Russell Museum

Great Falls, MT

(406) 727-8787

Kevin Red Star


The C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana will present a stunning exhibition of artworks by Montana artist and Crow Indian, Kevin Red Star from September 14 through November 28, 1999. The "Kevin Red Star" exhibition features over 15 colorful and dramatic oil paintings revealing the intensity of his tribal identity and the clarity of his ancestral memory.

Dynamic portraits, mystical animals, warriors and dancers in full ceremonial regalia fill his canvases and capture the culture of the 19th century Northern Plains Indians. Realism gives way to stark, semi-abstract imagery that combines remarkable detail with bold gestures, intense backgrounds, vivid colors and liberal use of the spatter technique. All of these techniques are trademarks of Kevin Red Star's style.

Charlie's Friends, a support group for the Museum, will host the opening reception for the "Kevin Red Star" exhibition on Thursday, September 16 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. The evening will begin with Kevin Red Star leading a tour of his artworks at 6:00 p.m. followed by wine and hors d'oeuvres. Included in the exhibition is the magnificent artwork entitled "Black Horse," an 84" x 64" oil on linen painting done in 1997:.· This artwork will be purchased with the proceeds from Charlie's Friends' Cowboy Jazz! event on October 29, the Museum art acquisitions fund as well as a donation by the artist. The opening reception is free to C.M. Russell Museum and Charlie's Friends members and $4.00 for non-members.


Kevin Red Star biography

Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 on the Crow Reservation in Lodgegrass, Montana. The third oldest in a family of nine children, he grew up in a family that valued music, art and culture. His parents' interest in the arts encouraged Kevin's early love of drawing and music. In 1962, during his second year of high school, Kevin was selected to attend the newly created Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There he was exposed to the history of the Crow tribal culture through books and photographs and formed a tight circle of American Indian artist friends - all who encouraged and challenged each other.

In 1965 while attending the San Francisco Art Institute he was exposed to the political and social energies of contemporary, post-modern art. This exposure offered opportunities using mixed media and collage to push the boundaries of the traditional surface of a painting. Over the years he also studied art at Montana State University and Eastern Montana College. In 1971, the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning offered him his first one-man exhibition. From 1975-1985 Kevin established studio and gallery affiliations in Santa Fe and began exhibiting his work across the United States. In 1987, Red Star left the hectic gallery scene and returned to Montana making his home near Red Lodge in the small town of Roberts. He exhibits his work through the Merida Gallery in Red Lodge. And, since his return, his work has increasingly expressed his self-affirmed role as a historian, recorder and ambassador for his native Crow culture.

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