"I have made a choice to share, give and show my culture to the world." -- Montileaux
Donald F. Montileaux (Yellowbird) is a modern-day storyteller, rekindling the images of the Lakota lifestyle by painting the people as they were. Donald regards himself as having a mission: "To portray the Lakota, the Native Americans, in an honest way. To illustrate them as people who hunted buffalo, made love, raised children, cooked meals, and lived.
To describe my work is to reflect back to my forefathers. The surfaces that they used were hides, rock walls and surfaces both smooth and rough and hides both tanned and rawhide.
I use ledger and watercolor papers as well as canvas and animal hides to create my work. I enjoy using different types of materials to present the finished product to the viewer. In this way I can achieve somewhat the same look as my forefathers created with their work.
The art is a flat two-dimensional intense color; fiery red, brilliant yellow and translucent blues. These colors, I feel, are the colors that my ancestors would have used if they had access to the wealth of color we have today".
A world-renowned artist and illustrator, Donald is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. He has received nearly 20 awards and commissions and attended over 25 major art shows throughout his artistic career. His art is illustrated on the covers of six books and his art is included in numerous private collections as well as public, and has been featured artist in art galleries in New Mexico, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, as well as South Dakota.
Donald's art is available at
Prairie Edge Fine Art Gallery, 606 Main St., Rapid City, SD
Sandy Swallow Gallery, 280 Main St., Hill City, SD
Heron's Flight Studio, 211 Founders Park Dr., Rapid City, SD
Spirited Pony Gallery, 620 Main, Deadwood, SD
Prairie Star, 207 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
Indian Uprising Gallery, 308 East Main St., Bozeman, MT
and Online at: Art of the Dakotas.com
and by contacting Donald
1-605-718-2600 or 1-605-381-2892 or email: Donald
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