"...Gordon McConnell...brings into his work a rare fullness of mind, an unusual ability to understand the West in the round. He understands revisionist history, yet loves the grand old themes; he's adept at postmodern irony, yet does not condescend to the cowboy.

"In Runaway Chase, we see a cowboy chasing after a runaway coach....The rider may catch the prize in the movie, but the two remain forever apart in the painting. The existential aura is further enhanced by the cloud of dust that surronds him. In the paintings, the dust does not read as simple dust, as it does in the movie, but as a strangely unfinished emptiness. The cowboy seems isolated in a void (the backgrounds of these paintings often have a sketchy mystery). The picture then becomes, among other things, a fresh depiction of the classical theme of the existential cowboy."

—Mark Stevens, Dreaming of Dreams: Gordon McConnell and the American West, in Once Upon a Time in the West: Paintings by Gordon McConnell, UCROSS FOUNDATION, 2008

Runaway Chase, acrylic on two hardboard panels, 30 x 48 inches overall, 2008



(in chronological order and in addition to exhibition catalogs cited in curriculum vitae)

Kristi Niemeyer, Gordon McConnell: Artist, Curator & Writer, LIVELY TIMES, January 20, 2021


Melissa Mylchreest, The Myth of the West: Artist Gordon McConnell draws inspiration from the iconic cowboy, BIG SKY JOURNAL, Arts 2020, pages 96–102. download pdf

Leanne Gilbertson, Ph.D., When the West Was Won, traveling exhibition, 38-page catalog. download pdf

Anna Paige, Gordon McConnell's works question the romanticism of western films, BILLINGS GAZETTE, September 14, 2018.

Hayden Seder, Best of the West: Gordon McConnell, SUN VALLEY PROPERTY NEWS, September 2016.

Michele Corriel, Ones to Watch: Gordon McConnell, WESTERN ART & ARCHITECTURE, Winter 2016.

Rebecca Gross, Painting with Grit, Art Works Blog, 2014. Interview in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration.

Elizabeth Guheen, Wild Riders, BAIR MUSEUM, 2012, six-page brochure. download pdf

Sabina Dana Plasse, Sun Valley: A Cultured Holiday Retreat, ART LTD., November/December 2011, pages 68-70.

Michele Corriel, Television West: Painter Gordon McConnell depicts the cowboy myth with a Modernist twist, BIG SKY JOURNAL, Spring/Summer 2010, pages 42–46. download pdf

Teresa Elliott and Gordon McConnell: Contemporary West, AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, June 2010, pages 178–179.

Mark Stevens, Dreaming of Dreams: Gordon McConnell and the American West in Once Upon a Time in the West: Paintings by Gordon McConnell, UCROSS FOUNDATION, 2008, 16-page catalog. download pdf

Virginia Campbell, Once Upon a Time in the West: Movie westerns and TV shows of his youth infuse the post-modern paintings of Gordon McConnell, SOUTHWEST ART, March 2008, pages 114–119. download pdf (1.4 MB)

NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Number 72, October/November 2007, Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 92–95.

Lennie Bennett, A Vast Range, ST. PETERSBERG TIMES, April 22, 2007, page 8L.

Paintings 2006, a portfolio by Gordon McConnell, DRUMLUMMON VIEWS (www.drumlummon.org), Vol. 1, No. 3, Fall/Winter 2006–2007. download pdf

Paul F. Vang, Gordon McConnell: Revisualizing the Old West, THE MONTANA ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE, October 2006, pages 16–17.

Kristen Rickels Prinzing, McConnell paints art to think about, THE BILLINGS OUTPOST, June 9, 2005, pages 21, 32.

Jim Larson, Exhibitions blend to tell Western story, THE BILLINGS OUTPOST, April 14, 2005, pages 21, 26.

Jaci Webb, Tuning into Western icons: McConnell’s horses, cowboys inspired from both first-hand and media perspectives, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, March 25, 2005, page 5D.

Elizabeth Guheen, Straight Shooting: The Paintings of Gordon McConnell, in Gordon McConnell Paintings, YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM, 2005, six-page brochure.

Felice Koenig, San Antonio Update, GLASSTIRE.COM, June 16, 2003.

'Things Have Changed' charts new artistic territory, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, December 20, 2002, page 19-D.

Out West: Adam Jahiel, Photographs; Gordon McConnell, Paintings, UCROSS FOUNDATION ART GALLERY, 2001,16-page catalog.

NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, Number 24, November 1999, Volume 4, Number 5, cover illustration and pages 3, 110–113.

Gary Svee, State transcends labels, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, April 14, 1996, page11C.

Westerns provide artist's inspiration, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, September 23, 1994, page 7D.

Christene C. Meyers, Westerns inspire modern show, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, January 15, 1993, page 3D.

Jet Holoubek, Seeing Ourselves, MONTANA ARTPAPER, Fall 1988, pages 2–3

Marc Vischer, Western movies inspire new paintings, THE BILLINGS GAZETTE, February 5, 1988, page 3D.


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