"I have made a choice to share, give and show my culture to the world."
Donald F. Montileaux (Yellowbird) is a modern-day storyteller, rekindling the images of the Lakota lifestyle by painting the people as they were. Montileaux 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, Montileaux is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. He has received awards, including induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with attending major art shows throughout his artistic career, his art has illustrated the covers of numerous books. His art is included in numerous corporate, public and private collections, and he has been the featured artist in art galleries in New Mexico, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and South Dakota.
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