Michael Ome Untiedt – The Brinton 101
Born and raised in rural southeastern Colorado, Michael Ome Untiedt maintains a studio in Denver. Through the color, brush strokes, and symbolic subject matter of his paintings, he attempts to examine the human predicament and its connections to the landscape, relying on a lifetime steeped in the traditions and history of the American West. Traveling widely, he is known as a painter that sees with a Westerners’ eyes. He was recently made an honorary Ranger captain with the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, Fredericksburg, TX for his historical paintings of the the Texas Rangers. He was awarded the 2014 Art Committee Choice Award during the Briscoe Museum’s “Night of the Artist” Art Show, San Antonio, TX and the 2014 Wells Fargo Gold Painting Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Auction, Cody, WY.
His work may be viewed on his web site, www.michaelomeuntiedt.com and at the following galleries: Settlers West Gallery, Tucson; Insight Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX; Sanders Art Galleries, Tucson; West Lives On Gallery, Jackson, WY; and Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe.
“People who know me know I am not an historical painter. As a matter of fact, I feel uncomfortable painting something I don’t know or have not experienced. I am not Native American nor have I ever lived in a teepee. But I was born and raised in the West. I cut my eyeteeth on buffalo grass and the drip of a blue shale spring. I have spent a lot of time on the old teepee grounds, from the Missouri to the Rio Grande. I know salt grass and peach willow, and the colors of sun dappled water on limestone sands. I have been to Roman Nose’s burial place and the Bloody Kettle on Mud Creek. I have seen the ghosts on Big Sandy and bleached bones at Buffalo Jump. I have watched the sun rise on the Washita and set on the Nepeste. The days I walk the teepee lands are long after the buffalo herds departed and the prairies fenced. For the most part the teepee people are gone from this country. What I share with them is the smell of dust, and the wind, and the colors, and the rattle of cottonwoods where the long light dwells. These things course through my veins as strongly as the sinew that bound their hide lodges together. I am a believer in the brotherhood of man, of the common truths that are important to and affect and bind us all together. That is what my painting is about, of the universal things…the worldly wolves at our doors. I can paint Celtic roundhouse or Mongolian yurt, Iroquois long house or Kentucky log cabin. I can paint a small rancher’s tin roofed house or an Anasazi kiva. The meaning would stay powerfully the same: our lives are like wind through the buffalo grass. Only the skies last forever.
Michael Ome Untiedt
“This is a beautiful old horse barn on the Quarter Circle A ranch where the Brinton Museum is located, near Big Horn, Wyoming. When I was a boy we had a big barn much like this and I remember dances in the summertime. The upper hay mound made a great dance floor, though climbing up there was a challenge for those wearing dresses!
Michael Ome Untiedt about "Riders on the Quarter Circle A"
“I recently spent some time with painter Laurie Lee and her husband Bryan. We had a wonderful time, and I once observed Bryan going out to check the “irrigation” on his property. I was very impressed with the community, Powell, Wyoming, I painted this to celebrate that which is so good. Most of this was completed on location, a “one handed” painting as I call them on account of it taking one hand to hold the easel down the brisk Wyoming wind!
Michael Ome Untiedt about "Irrigator in a Good Land"