The Fort Collins Museum of Art is pleased to present Montana artist Theodore Waddell, one of the region’s best known artists. Waddell is an accomplished painter, sculptor and printmaker although he is primarily recognized for his uniquely identifiable paintings of the West, rife with wildlife and signature Angus cattle.
His sculptures take center stage in this exhibition titled Hallowed Absurdities. In addition to his reputation as a fine artist, Ted, as he is known to his family and friends, is also a rancher who has witnessed firsthand the stark realities of living on the land—winter kill, roadkill, and the relationship between rural living, guns, and gun owners. Hallowed Absurdities reveals the artist’s thoughts on these topics with mock firearms cunningly crafted from a variety of found objects including bleached animal bones, snake rattles, salt, and veterinary instruments, to name a few. Additionally, and perhaps not for the squeamish amongst us, the artist elevates roadkill to a level of fine art by incorporating actual specimens into paintings, reminding us of the balance in nature that literally runs afoul of man and machinery.
At a time when gun rights have become a pivotal issue, the exhibition content poses timely questions about the responsibilities of gun ownership and stewardship of the land. The artist’s intent is not to fan the flames of the gun debate nor to create controversy about land use. Rather, Theodore Waddell aims to stir a thoughtful dialogue about these timely issues. Whether or not you are an aficionado of Theodore Waddell ‘s paintings, love or hate guns, or are looking to broaden your art definitions, you will find something unexpected to explore at the Fort Collins Museum of Art. Visit the museum’s website, www.ftcma.org, for more information about this and other current exhibitions, education programming, and related museum events.
This exhibition organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana.
Theodore Waddell's "Rapelje Horses" is featured on the cover of "Big Sky Journal Arts 2014". The annual issue includes a feature on the artist written by Michele Corriel, along with several images of his work.