“Western Identity” Western Art Collector

One of the hardest parts about being a painter, Colt Idol says, is finding your artistic identity. “It’s harder than the mechanics of it,” he says. “What are you trying to say with your work? How do you stand apart?” Growing up in Big Horn, Montana, Idol was exposed to plenty of classic Western subject matter— the landscape, the wildlife, the cowboy swagger—and his upcoming show at Legacy Gallery in Santa Fe, titled Endless Horizon, epitomizes his identity as a Western artist. Idol’s interpretation of the West is vibrant with high contrasts and intense colors. “Even if the subject matter is taking you back a ways in time, instead
of trying to make it seem aged, it’s about trying to revitalize it,” he explains. “I like to be on that line of
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