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Grüße zu unseren Freunden Von Schwarze Pinto Pferd Schöne Künste

los saludos a nuestros amigos De Bellas artes negras de Caballo de Judía Pinta

es salutations à nos amis De Les beaux-arts noirs de Cheval de Pinto

"Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, is devoted to a positive expression of the harmonic balance between humanity and nature.  Through his art and teaching, he offers us a multitude of gifts, and his optimism shines in his motto: "We are on this earth for such a short time, if we're going to shine, shine brightly".  Rife with symbolism, Black Pinto Horse's visual expressions honor his spiritual roots, First Nation heritage and Modern and Contemporary art traditions through a bold use of color and design that activates the viewer's imagination.  He is motivated by a passionate desire to build connections between the past and present with a hopeful eye toward a brighter future built around empathy and understanding between diverse communities of which the nation is comprised."   
- Bob Durden, Paris Gibson Square Museum
click on the following to view: biography

Come & Visit; Markets, Shows and Galleries
  • "Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony and the Chase: Renowned Ledger Artists From Across the Nation" Exhibit
Paris Gibson Square Museum
Great Falls MT
January - March

  • Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Market
Heard Museum
Phoenix AZ
March 1 - 2


Recent Magazine Publications
     April 2012
April 2012

Spring 2012, pg. 38
Native Peoples September-October 2011 - September-October 2011
September/ October
pg. 35

May/June 2011

Recent Newspaper Publications
Independent Record,
Helena MT

February 7, 2013

January 17, 2013

Missoulian, Missoula MT

Gazette, Billings MT

Enterprise, Livingston MT

The Star, Hot Springs SD

Minot Daily News, Minot ND

Beartooth NBC News

McClean County Independent

MONTANA Museums' Winter Benefit Auctions
Yellowstone Museum, Billings
Auction Date: March 1, 2014
For more information
Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls
Auction Date: February 1, 2014
For more information

"Spearheading the Campaign"

"Eagle Boys Love Song"

Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony and the Chase; Renowned ledger artists from across the nation, Paris Gibson Square Museum, January 8- April 3, 2014

2 Time Award Winning, "Watch the Birdie", Black Pinto Horse
Bringing together and highlighting an unprecedented and elite group of award-winning, contemporary ledger artists, the objective of the exhibition, co-curated by Black Pinto Horse- Monte Yellow Bird, is to educate museum visitors on the evolution of this style of artwork by indigenous tribes and this important era of self expression. 

On one side of the buffalo nickel, Native American ledger art reflects an Indigenous Warrior Renaissance, and on the flip side, a dark era for the First Peoples,

read full article & view artist list.

Featured Articles in the following Magazines: Western Art Collector and Native Peoples

Great Falls Tribune article

January 23rd, 5:30-7:30
Opening Reception, Presentations by BPH, Terrance Guardipee and Alaina Buffalo Spirit begin at 6:00 P.M.

January 24th, 10:00-5:00:
Black Pinto Horse's Ledger Art Workshop, for details
click here

Darryl Growing Thunder

Sheridan MacKnight

John Pepion

Autry Museum Art Market, Los Angeles, November 9-10

Straight out of the movies

She rode in on her horse and tucked her purchase safely
in her saddle bag

Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 12-13
Black Pinto Horse was one of the judges during this year's Market.  Following the Awards Ceremony, it was time to set up the booth, educate visitors and gain new collectors.

Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 17-18

Award Winning:

Ledger Art Division
"Tiptoe Through the Tetons With the Girls"

A piece that was inspired with the artist's recent Residency at
Grand Tetons National Park.
Fantastic crowds, new collectors, & beautiful weather- couldn't ask for a better 2013 market!

"The Wild Life" group exhibit, Danforth Gallery, Livingston MT, Aug.- Sept.
BPH chose a selection of ledgers and paintings.  "I Will Make A Pathway Through This Water" is an oil on canvas, inspired by the Arikara Creation Story. 
Click on piece to read the excerpt
A couple purchased Emily's,
"I Wandered With Winter".   With excitement, they shared that it was a gift for their granddaughter.
Emily's paper cuts with watercolor
This colorful contemporary show was a playful and modern take on wild life art.  Sarah, curator, asked Black Pinto Horse and Emily to take part; 6 artists in all.  They eagerly accepted as it was an excellent opportunity to introduce their works to the area.

"Rites of Passage" SIGNATURE PONY
Exclusively featured by the
Trail of Painted Ponies Inc.

PURCHASE, click here

Original Design:
Female Side
Original Design:
Male Side
*click on pictures to enlarge and read interpretations & click here for the
Trail's official site
Through the vibrant application of paint and use of First Nation icons, I pay tribute to this significant time in our lives; a spiritual gateway and journey from childhood to adulthood.

To view archived past events, click here


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