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 Theodore (Ted) Waddell  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Montana/Idaho      Known for: expressionist animal and landscape painting, sculpture

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Biography from Watts Fine Art:
Theodore Waddell is a cattle rancher and painter who lives on the Musselshell River northwest of Billings, Montana.  Waddell most often paints freely-rendered range animals roaming the vast plains of Eastern Montana.

In his work, Waddell draws a deliberate parallel between his subject and the elements of abstract* art: cattle and horses are motifs formally arranged on the flattened and enveloping painted "ground" characteristic of modernism.  Noted earlier for heavily textured surfaces, Waddell's recent paintings are more atmospheric*, with translucent wax medium layers suggesting the drift of grazing animals, transitions of days, and the procession of the seasons.

Waddell was born in Laurel, Montana, and studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School; Eastern Montana College; and Wayne State University, Detroit (MFA, 1968). He taught at the University of Montana from 1968 to 1976 and has since been a full-time artist and rancher.  He has had more than 90 one-man exhibitions, including a major survey at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis.

Waddell’s work has been singled out in reviews in the Washington Post and The New York Times, and was the subject of a Newsweek article.  He now divides his time between homes in Manhattan, Montana, and Hailey, Idaho, where his wife, Lynn Campion, a writer and photographer, teaches at the Sun Valley Art Center.

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Biography from Altamira Fine Art:
The work of Theodore Waddell draws a deliberate parallel between his subject and abstract art elements.  Cattle and horses are motifs arranged formally on the flattened and enveloping painted “ground”, which is characteristic of modernism.  While his early works were noted for heavily textured surfaces, Waddell’s recent paintings are more atmospheric, with translucent wax medium layers suggesting the drift of grazing animals, transitions of days, and the movement of seasons.

Waddell grew up in Laurel, Montana, west of Billings.  He studied art in New York in 1961-62, and was deeply influence by the Abstract Expressionists -- Franz Kline, Willem DeKooning, Jackson Pollack, Hans Hoffman and others.  Waddell noted: “I didn’t realize how important these influences were. These painters wanted you to know that the canvas had a presence, more than their illusionistic predecessors.  The paint had its own identity as well with thick swatches, drips, and blurbs.”

In 1982, Waddell’s work was recognized by a curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art who chose several of his pieces for the Second Western State Exhibition. Following the exhibition, his work was the subject of reviews by the Washington Post and The New York Times.  He was also the subject of a Newsweek article.  As a result of this attention, his career was firmly established.

Waddell’s paintings represent diverse approaches, styles, and techniques.  There are cattle or horses dotting expansive plains.  Some are huddled together in winter blizzards, lost in landscapes of thick paint, under the windswept colors of a rising moon.  They are brushed, knifed, dripped, jotted down, and can be grossly real, thickly textured, or feint abstractions.

In addition to painting, Waddell remains a cattle rancher who raises Angus and lives on the Musselshell River just Northwest of Billings.

Selective Exhibitions

2009 – Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO
2009 – Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2009 – Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY
2009 – Colorado Springs fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

Selective Permanent Collections

Apple Computer, Inc., CA
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. TX
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Merck Corporation, West Point, PA
Palm Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Robert Redford
Ringo Starr

Biography from Valley Fine Art:
Born: Montana, 1941

1968 M.F.A. - Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
1966 B.S. - Montana State University, Billings, MT
1962 Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY

Apple Computer, Saratoga, CA
Arco Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Bank of America, San Francisco, CA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY
Carnation Company, Los Angeles, CA
Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
Citadel Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ
Clorox Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Custer County Art Center, Miles City, MT
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, MN
First Interstate Bank, Las Vegas, NV
Frederick R. Weisman Company, Los Angeles, CA
Frito-Lay Corporation, Dallas, TX
Goddard Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ardmore, OK
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO
Harrah's Enterprises, Reno, NV
Hockaday Art Center, Kalispell, MT
Holter Museum, Helena, MO
International Business Machines
Los Angles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marriot Corporation, San Antonio, TX
Merck Corporation, West Point, PA
Michener Collection, Austin, TX
Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT
Mobil Oil, New York, NY
Nestles Corporation, Los Angles, CA
Nordstrom, Seattle, WA
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Omaha National Bank, Omaha, NE
Palm Desert Museum, Palm Desert, CA
Pillsbury Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
Progressive Corporation, Pepper Pike, OH
Rayovac Corporation, Madison, WI
Robert Redford
Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT
Safeco, Seattle, WA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Sheldon Memorial Museum, Lincoln, NE
Sierra Pacific Power, Reno, NV
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA
Ringo Starr
Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS
United Airlines, Chicago, IL
United Missouri Bank, Kansas City, MO
University Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Kansas School of Arts, Lawrence, KS
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
University of North Dakota, Fargo, ND
University of Texas, Austin, TX
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT

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