Big Sky-based art collectors need look no further than the Big Sky Town Center, where Creighton Block Gallery is home to some of the best known artists in Montana and the American West. Co-owner Colin Mathews has carefully curated a selection of artists to represent, covering a wide spectrum of style, color and mediums to align with the varied tastes of his clients, mostly Big Sky homeowners, decorators and art consultants.
“I select artists with an established reputation,” Colin explains. “I look for those who have sold their works at one or more of the great Western art auctions so their pricing is market based and their work has been juried.” The main gallery showcases paintings, sculpture, textiles and jewelry, mostly focusing on traditional Western historical landscape and wildlife. But within that theme, each artist has a different style and use of color and light that can make a world of difference.
The Native American painter Kevin Red Star—whose work is part of a Smithsonian Institution collection—is represented, along with Tom Gilleon whose contemporary Western paintings have sold at auction for the highest price ever by a living Montana artist. He also represents Todd Connor, Frank Hagel, Harry Koyama, up-and-coming Western artists Virginie Baude and Kelly Dangerfield, and a number of well-known bronze sculptors, including Greg Woodard, Ott Jones, Burl Jones and Simon Gudgeon. Artwork at Creighton Block Gallery ranges in price from $1,000 to $100,000 and up, Colin explains.
If Western art just isn’t your thing, Creighton Block also showcases a contemporary collection in a gallery just up the street on Ousel Falls Road. Here you’ll find a selection of modern art with Western inflections to compliment the boom in contemporary architecture that Big Sky has experienced over the last few years.“The demand for contemporary art is exploding in Big Sky, and in the West in general,” Colin explains. “It goes along with the boom in contemporary architecture and interior design in Moonlight Basin, the Yellowstone Club and other private developments here, so the art I have at the other gallery fits well in those environments.”
Located at 33 Lone Peak Drive, Suite #104, www.creightonblockgallery.com.