Acclaimed artists Ron and Echo Ukrainetz are currently showcasing an compelling visual interpretation of the unique history of Montana during “Double Visions” at the Hockaday Museum of Art.

On display at the Hockaday Museum of Art through November 5, “Double Visions” is an extraordinary look into the early history of one of our country’s most beautiful states. Featuring the works of Ron and Echo Ukrainetz, the exhibition presents the colorful history of Montana through six themes: Lewis and Clark, Hunting and Fishing, Cultural Conflicts, Farming and Ranching, Transportation, and Entertainment.

Via the museum, “Depicting landscapes, historical figures, wildlife, and lifestyles, Ron and Echo tell Montana’s early stories through imagery and wall text. The show features Ron’s incredibly lifelike acrylics on engraved Claybord, a technique called ‘polychromatic engraving’ that is so photo-real that it mimics the depth of field that can be achieved with a camera lens. Ron is also including many vibrantly colored oil paintings to complement his wife Echo’s unique and sought-after batik paintings.”

Echo Ukrainetz, “Joe Black Fox Takes a Break,” 22 1/2 x 20 in. (c) Hockaday Museum of Art 2016

Continuing, “Echo Ukrainetz is a native Montanan and has been interested in art since her early days in school practicing drawing and design. Over the years of trial, error and experimentation, Echo has mastered the difficult practice of manipulating wax and dye to create intricate batik paintings. Batik is an artistic process of alternating applications of wax resist and colorful dyes on high quality cloth. The sequence of dye application, drying, and wax application results in imparting colors in target areas, and is repeated until the entire piece is covered with wax. A single batik can have well over 30 applications of dye and wax. Echo is inspired by portraits, both contemporary and traditional, and her work has been accepted into fine art auctions offered by numerous Montana museums and is represented by galleries throughout the United States.”

To learn more, visit the Hockaday Museum of Art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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