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Artist Studio: Kevin Red Star "Running Rabbit"

Kevin Red Star "Running Rabbit"
Post Office Box 269
Roberts, MT  59070
Phone: 406 445-2549

Born: 1943 (Lodge Grass, Montana)

Lived/Active: Montana/New Mexico

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Native American/Indian, Abstract, Portrait

Style(s): Contemporary

Medium(s): Oil, Acrylic, Pencil

Price Information as of 03/20/2009:
Reproductions range from $10.00-$3,600.00 Originals range from $1,200.00-$114,000.00 Sketches range from $300.00-$1,000.00

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Artist Biography:
Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana.  He was raised in a family that values art and culture, where he developed an early love of drawing and music.  This exposure and encouragement sustained him during his years in grade school during the time when Crow students were denied association with thier language and cultural heritage.  Later, when he was one of 150 students chosen to attend the newly established Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he was encouraged to explore his history and culture through modern art techniques.

Upon graduation, Red Star and several other Native students received scholarships to the San Francisco Art Institute.  Here he was exposed to the avant garde and political and social concerns of post-modern art.  Since embarking on his professional artistic journey, the acknowledged master artist is considered a visual historian and ambassador for his Native Crow culture.  In 1997, Kevin Red Star received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Art from the Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Red Star explains, "Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent.  It is for me, as well as for many other Indian artists, a rich source of creative expression.  An intertwining of my Indian culture with contemporary art expression has given me a greater insight concerning my art.  I hope to accomplish something for the American Indian and at the same time achieve personal satisfaction in a creative statement through my art."

Red Star's works are the focal point of several important museum collectioms, including the Smithsonian Institution ~ National Museum of the American Indian; CM Russell Museum; Heard Museum; Denver Art Museum; Eiteljorg Museum; Southwest Museum; Whitney Museum of Western Art; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum; United States Department of State; and scores of others.  Pursuing a successful career spanning three decades, over 100 large scale exhibitions have featured the celebrated artist's works on canvas and paper.  from "Indian Gaming" March 2008
Institute of American Indian Art ~ under James McGrath ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
San Francisco Institute of Art ~ San Francisco, California
Eastern Montana College ~ Billings, Montana
University of Moscow ~ Moscow, Russia
Rocky Mountain College ~ Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art ~ Billings, Montana

2008, Harvard Project The State of the Native Nations - Conditions Under US Policies of Self-Determination, Oxford University Press, 4 pages
2005, Yellowstone Art Museum Running Rabbit - The Work of Kevin Red Star, Yellowstone Art Museum, 44 pages (color)
2001, Serle L Chapman We, The People - of Earth and Elders, Vol II, Montana Press Publishing, 8 pages

Heard Musuem, Phoenix, Arizona
Pierre Cardin's Espace, Paris, <Choose State>, France
Whitney Museum of Western Art, Cody, Wyoming
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York
Whitney Museum of Western Art, The ~ Cody, Wyoming
Heard Museum, The ~ Phoenix, Arizona
Denver Art Museum, The ~ Denver, Colorado
CM Russell Museum ~ Great Falls, Montana
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian & Western Art ~ Indianapolis, Indianna
Southwest Museum ~ Los Angeles, California
Buffalo Bill Historical Center ~ Cody, Wyoming
Montana Historical Society ~ Helena, Montana
Yellowstone Fine Arts Center ~ Billings, Montana
Colorado Springs Arts Center ~ Colorado Springs, Colorado
Schingoethe Center for the Native American Cultures ~ Aurora, Illinois
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States Department of State; Art in the Embassies ~ Washington, DC
Espace; Pierre Cardin ~ Paris, France
Peking Embassy ~ Peking, China

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2009 ~ "Masters of the American West" ~ Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
2009 ~ CM Russell Benefit Exhibition ~ Great Falls, MT
2008 ~ Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale ~ Cody, WY
1998 ~ Minnie Moore Mansion Gallery ~ "Kevin Red Star" ~ Sun Valley, ID
1998 ~ Masters'of the American West ~ Autry National Heritage Center, Los Angeles, CA
1997 ~ Kevin Red Star Gallery ~ Presenting Giclee Artwork
1997 ~ Ramsacle Gallery, New York ~ "Kevin Red Star" ~ New York, NY
1997 ~ Habitat for Humanity ~ Unveiling of "Absaloka Lodges"
1997 ~ Autry Museum of Western Heritage ~ Los Angeles, CA
1997 ~ Kevin Red Star Gallery, The ~ Benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs
1996 ~ Merida Gallery ~ "First Retrospective Secondary Market" ~ Red Lodge, MT
1995 ~ Merida Gallery "Red Star Returns from Russia" ~ Red Lodge, MT
1995 ~ Museum of the Rockies ~ "Recent & Retrospective; 1963-1995" ~ Bozeman, MT
1994 ~ New Works on Paper ~ Exclusive Representation ~ 2 month Exhibition
1994 ~ Museum of the Rockies ~ Premier of New Works
1993 ~ Merida Gallery ~ Exclusive Representation, Red Lodge, MT
1992 ~ Merida Gallery ~ Exclusive Representation, Red Lodge, MT
1991 ~ Merida Gallery ~ Exclusive Representation, Red Lodge, MT
1990 ~ El Taller Gallery, Santa Fe, NM ~ "The Return of Kevin Red Star"
1989 ~ Nothcutt Steele Gallery~Eastern MT College, Billings, MT "Kevin Red Star"
1989 ~ El Taller Gallery, Santa Fe, NM "Kevin Red Star ~ One Man Show"
1988 ~ El Taller Gallery, Santa Fe, NM "Kevin Red Star ~ One Man Show"
1985 ~ Four Winds Gallery, "Kevin Red Star ~ One Man Show"
1985 ~ Segal Gallery, New York City, NY "Kevin Red Star ~ One Man Show"
1984 ~ San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA "Eye of My Mind ~ Kevin Red Star"
1984 ~ Galleria Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA "Kevin Red Star~One Man Show"
1984 ~ The Squash Blossom, Denver, CO "Tales of a Tribe ~ Kevin Red Star"
1983 ~ Aspen, CO ~ Santa Fe, NM
1983 ~ Galerie Amak, Berlin, Germany "Kevin Red Star ~ Crow Indianer Acrybilder"
1982 ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ Tuscon, AZ ~ "The Return of the Peking Show" ~ Beverly Hills, CA 1982 ~ "Ready for the Opera", Santa Fe Opera Guild, Santa Fe, NM
1982 ~ Via Gambaro Gallery, Washington, DC "Kevin Red Star ~ 3rd Annual"
1981 ~ Tuscon, AZ ~ Niagrara Falls, NY ~ Washington, DC
1981 ~ Missouri Men's Athletic Club ~ Peking Art Exhibit ~ 21 Cities in China
1980 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA ~ Taos, NM ~ Washington, DC ~ Santa Fe, NM
1980 ~ Summit, NJ ~ New York City, NY
1980 ~ Spirit of the Earth (INCA) Havanna, Cuba
1979 ~ Hukahee's 'Bon Voyage' Off to Paris Show, Scottsdale, AZ
1979 ~ Espace Pierre Cardin (9 chosen for Msr. Cardin's 1st Native American Show)
1979 ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ Kansas City, MO ~ Chicago, IL
1978 ~ "100 Years of Native American Painting" ~ Oklahoma Museum of Art
1978 ~ Scottsdale, AZ ~ Tuscon, AZ ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ Chicago, IL
1977 ~ Scottsdale, AZ ~ Aspen, CO ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ Chicago, IL
1977 ~ "77 West Coast Experience" ~ Asahi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1976 ~ Scottsdale, AZ ~ Santa Fe, NM ~ Chicago, IL
1975 ~ The Squash Blossom Gallery, Chicago, IL "Kevin Red Star ~ One Man Show"
1973 ~ Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK "Painted Tipis"

Magazine and Newspaper References:
2003 ~ Cover Art "Summer Evening Lodges" ~ The Way of the Warrior ~ Henry Old Coyote & Barney Old Coyote, Jr
Nov 2003 ~ Cover Art "Gathering of the Crow Chiefs" ~ Indian Gaming
Apr 2004 ~ Cover Art "Big Thunder" ~ Indian Gaming
Dec 2004 ~ Cover Art "First Snow Fall on Rock Creek Valley ~ Indian Gaming
Mar 2005 ~ Cover Art "Crow Woman on Parade" ~ Indian Gaming
2006 ~ Cover Art "Rain in the Face" ~ Indian Gaming Buyers Guide & Directory
Jan 2007 ~ Cover Art "Southern Traditional Pow-Wow Dancer" ~ Indian Gaming
Jun 2007 ~ Cover Art "Crow Chiefs at the Bitterroot" ~ Indian Gaming
2008 ~ Cover Art "Peace Shield" ~ Indian Gaming Buyers Guide & Directory
2008 ~ Cover Art "Summer Evening Teepee" ~ The State of the Native Nations ~ Harvard Project
Mar 2008 ~ Cover Art "Little Sweet Grass" ~ Indian Gaming
Oct 2008 ~ Cover Art "The Hunting Party ~ Indian Gaming

Dealers or Representatives:
Kevin Red Star Studio ~ Roberts, Montana
Windsor-Betts Art Brokerage House ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Legacy Galleries~Jackson Hole, Wyoming/Scottsdale, AZ
Sammarah Art Gallery ~ Whitefish, Montana
Legends Santa Fe ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sorrel Sky Gallery ~ Durango, Colorado
Big Horn Galleries ~ Cody, Wyoming & Tubac, Arizona

Artist Statement:

Kevin Red Star does not deem himself to be a political advocate of the Native American populace.  He, very rightly so, sees himself as an interpretor, and portrayor of the History and Culture of his people.  In the words of Robert Rauschenberg ~ "There should be no barriers in Art".  This is the philosophy that drives the person, and the art, of Kevin Red Star.
Review of Artist's Work:
My name is Mary and I am Kevin Red Star's Personal Assistant / Representative.  Being in the process of cataloguing Kevin's works from 1963 to the present, I have been given incredible insight on the processes, and growth, of his art.  Recently, there is an illumination in his images that goes beyond the "Mystic Light" of the past.  As though each and every piece has a life of its own.  His collectors are faithful, and consistant.  Mr Red Star is humble and gracious.  You don't wake up one morning and say "I think I will work for a 'Master' in the art world".  Very seldom are artists able to wittness the fruits of their labour, such as Kevin Red Star has been able to do.  His art is magic, and compelling.  This tenure will be the greatest pleasure of my life.

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