Theodore Waddell – Dillon Rider
Dimensions: 30 x 30″ unframed
Medium: goauche, charcoal, ink on paper
Theodore Waddell was born in 1941 in Billings, Montana, and raised in Laurel, Montana. He studied with Isabelle Johnson, Montana’s first modernist painter, before earning a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Waddell most often paints freely rendered range animals roaming the vast plains of Eastern Montana. His art draws a deliberate parallel between his subject and abstract art elements.
Waddell was deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionists such as Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, 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.
“I tell people that I’m a Western artist in that the subject matter that I do has tied me to Western art. I’m painting a contemporary slice of the West. I’m living what I paint.” – Theodore Waddell
Selected permanent collections include: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. TX, Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Palm Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, and The Museum of Modern Art.