A native of Great Falls, Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and Big Sky that inspired Charles Russell. His love of Montana and his passion for the West’s diverse landscapes and wildlife are evident in the art, prints and posters he creates and the commissions he accepts. After studying art at Montana State University and The University of Montana, Monte opened his first studio in the mid-1970’s, beginning a successful career in fine art and graphics. His best-known early works depict wild animals wreaking havoc in human homes. The irresistible appeal of these art, prints and posters helped build Monte's national reputation and continues to attract collectors.
Monte has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards in the course of his career, and his art, prints and posters are a part of the collection of the Library of Congress; Patagonia, Inc.; the National Wildlife Foundation and numerous other museums and corporations. Recent exhibitions include An Exact View, the C.M. Russell Museum; The End: Northwest Biennial Juried Competition, Tacoma Art Museum and a solo exhibition at The Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum, Japan. Monte’s work was chosen to be part of New American Paintings #18, a Western States competition sponsored by the Open Studio Press. He was recently selected by the Missoulian as one of the 100 most influential Montanans of the twentieth century.
A love of the natural world, combined with his exuberant curiosity and travel experiences, has shaped the content of Monte’s art, prints and posters. Blending mythology, technology and elements from nature, his work is 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 the Bob Marshall Foundation.