Thomas Nygard Gallery - 19th and 20th Century American Art




(b. 1939)

Russell Chatham was born in San Francisco on October 27, 1939. He lived in the Bay Area until moving to Park County, Montana in the spring of 1972.  As a painter and a writer, Chatham is self-taught.


Since 1958 he has had more than three hundred one man exhibitions.  The most recent of these have been at Kimzey Miller Gallery in Seattle, Barney Wykoff Gallery in Aspen, The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mumson Gallery in Santa Fe, Anne Reed Gallery in Sun Valley, Moynahan Gallery in Jackson Hole, and the Yellowstone Art Center in Billings, as well as a number of colleges and universities.  His work has also been exhibited in England, France and Japan.  Chatham began printmaking in 1982, and today is considered to be one of the world’s most foremost lithographers.


Publications about Chatham include a catalogue of paintings called 100 Paintings, and another about his original lithographs called The Missouri Headwaters.  He has been profiled in Esquire, Southwest Art, People, U.S. Art, Antiques and Fine Art, Architectural Digest, Smart, The Denver Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning.


Chatham’s writing includes hundreds of articles, reviews, short stories, and essays about fly-fishing, bird hunting, conservation, as well as a number of pieces on food and wine.


Since the late sixties his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Esquire, The Atlantic, Outside, Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Grays Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, as well as in dozens of newspapers and smaller specialty magazines.  His books include The Anglers Coast, Silent Seasons, and Dark Waters.  He is the founder and publisher of Clark City Press which, since 1989, has published 28 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, photography, and children’s classics, all of which have given the Livingston-based company a fine national and international reputation.


Among Chatham’s private collectors are authors Peter Matthiesen, Eudora Welty, P.J. O’Rourke, David Halberstam, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, James Crumly, Richard Ford, James Welch, and the late Richard Brautigan; editors and publishers, the late Seymour Lawerence, Terry McDonnel and William Rudolph Hearst III; New York restaurateur Elaine Kaufmann; cartoonists William Hamilton, the late B. Kliban and Guindon; CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt; television journalist Tom Brokaw and Ed Bradley; movie stars Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges, Peter Fonda, Dennis and Randy Quaid, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Angelica Huston, Ali  MacGraw, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, and Jack Nicholson.


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