Exhibition displays incredible interpretations of the American West and challenges visitors to explore the region in new ways.

OKLAHOMA CITYThe National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is delighted to present Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell from February 9 – May 13, 2018.

Waddell’s unique style, atypical to most Western art, is highly influenced by the abstract expressionist movement yet carries an undertone typical of Western art in its depictions of the landscape, cattle, horses, and sheep found there. Waddell, one of the most fascinating artists in his genre, commonly expresses himself through his art and children’s stories based on his Bernese mountain dog, Tucker.

Waddell was born in Billings, Montana, in 1941 and raised in Laurel, Montana. He studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Eastern Montana College, and Wayne State University. Waddell taught at the University of Montana from 1968 – 1976, and is now a full time artist and rancher. He has had more than 90 solo exhibitions throughout his art career and his art can be found in major museums across the United States.

Recognized with a prestigious Governor’s Arts Award by the Montana Arts Council in 2015, Waddell’s nominator, Robyn Peterson, then director of the Yellowstone Art Museum and curator of a one-man show, credited him for doing more than any other living painter to bring modernism into the 21st century.

The exhibition includes more than 40 recent works by Waddell that examine the Western landscape of the Northern Plains, including a larger-than-life triptych of a Western mountain range that stands 10 feet by 18 feet tall. The diversity of the landscapes and colors found in his work will pique the interest of people who wish to learn more about the American West and those already enamored by its vast beauty.

“I prefer work that is open ended and does not attempt to lead me in a certain way and determine all of the conclusions,” Waddell said. “I want my work to constantly change for me and for those who view it, hopefully it will be different each time I see it as well as for others who view it.”

The Museum will host an exclusive preview for Members on February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Memberships start at $40 and can be purchased online or at the Museum during business hours. Other programs include a gallery tour led by Waddell, a Brown Bag Lunch Series, and other activities for kids and families. A full list of exhibition-related programs can be found at nationalcowboymuseum.org.

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum or these exhibitions, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.