A native of Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell. His love for the diverse landscapes and wildlife of the west are evident in the images he creates and the commissions he undertakes.
After studying art at Montana State University and The University of Montana, Monte opened his first studio in 1974, beginning his full time career as an artist. Some of his best known earlier works—wild animals occupying human homes—comprise his Invaders Series which explores the myths of the West and how we view our relationship with our environment.
Monte’s works are part of the collection of the Library of Congress, the American Association of Museums, the National Wildfire Foundation and numerous other museums and corporations. Exhibitions include Artists of the American West, Bank of Ireland Fine Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, and The Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan. Monte’s work was chosen to be included in The North American Print Biennial, Boston, MA as well as the National Art Museum of Beijing, as part of the 2007 New West Exhibition. In 2011 his work was exhibited at the Palace of Nations at the United Nations, Geneva Switzerland. In 2012 he exhibited in London at the Bossanyi Studio, and in 2014 his solo exhibition, Altered State, was shown at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana.
In 2009 he received the distinguished Fine Arts Alumni award from the University of Montana along with his wife Mary Beth Percival. He was selected at the turn of the century by the Missoulian as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the twentieth century.
A love of art, history and the natural world has shaped the content of his imagery. Blending mythology, nature and elements from our modern civilization, his work is often infused with a sense of humor and irony. Monte’s keen interest in environmental issues has lead to commissions for the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and Trout Unlimited; he has created over 200 posters and prints for various organizations. In 2014 he was chosen to create the official national commemorative poster for the 50th Anniversary of the American Wilderness Act.
Monte has traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan,
and most recently Central Europe, visiting important cultural sites and museums and making paintings inspired from his travels.
In addition to his paintings and many posters he has also created numerous original lithographs. Since 1993 he has managed a flourishing fine art studio/gallery in historic downtown Missoula, Montana. His work is available at Monte Dolack Fine Art and dolack.com, as well as at The Frame of Mind Gallery in Missoula.