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Montana Triennial July 26, 2018 - October 14, 2018

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Artist Paul Tunkis of Livingston is juried into Montana Triennial Exhibition in Billings July 26-Oct 14 at Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The watercolor, “Long Shadows” is transparent watercolor and 29”x 36” in size. This painting is one of several large format paintings produced by Tunkis during his cancer recovery in 2017-2018.

The Montana Triennial was first organized and presented as a juried exhibition by the Missoula Art Museum in 2009 with subsequent exhibitions in 2012 and 2015. These exhibitions demonstrate the diverse and excellent array of artistic practice in the nation’s fourth largest state. The Yellowstone Art Museum, at the invitation of the Missoula Art Museum, will organize and present the fourth Triennial at the YAM, involving Nicole Herden, Curator of Art at the Boise Art Museum, as an independent juror. 40 Montana artists were picked for this year’s exhibition.

Noting the growth of artists’ and visitors’ interest in and responses to past Triennials, the YAM’s presentation will occur in its largest gallery and adjacent corridors, providing an optimal experience for a broad spectrum of Montana’s rich cultural activity to be viewed. The range of visual expression will run the gamut from traditional oil paintings to purely conceptually-based artworks, in keeping with the YAM’s commitment to exhibiting quality regional

art of any sort.

Paul Tunkis presently lives in Livingston, Montana. Combining his artistic skills with his 24 year’s experience as a professional hunting/fishing outfitter in Montana and the West, Paul currently paints Montana’s landscape and wildlife in watercolor.

Paul was raised on a ranch in Northern California, attended the U of Oregon, studying art & architecture (1972 to 1975), and studied drawing & painting (1975-1977) at Leighton Studios in San Francisco, CA with Thomas Leighton and Marjorie Lester Leighton. Leighton was an expat Englishmen from England’s Royal Academy of Arts, teaching 25 years in art schools and colleges in Canada and the US. Marjorie Leighton illustrated for National Geographic.

“One is not an observer but a participant in nature” Paul’s painting style captures the momentary presence of wildlife and landscape - always in motion, stillness fleeting.

In 2013, Paul was recognized as “Montana Emerging Artist of the Year” and is a member of the Montana Watercolor Society. In 2015 he was awarded Artist-in-Residence for the Bureau of Land Management Missouri Breaks National Monument. In 2017 he was awarded Signature Member of the Montana Watercolor Society. For more information visit www.paultunkis.com