Martin Grelle Artist "Indian maiden"
Whether painting the Native Americans in a dramatic, picturesque setting, or the American cowboy in the dusty cattle-working pens, Martin Grelle captures the spirit, beauty, and vastness of the West in his historically-accurate, compelling images. Grelle studies diligently to portray the diverse cultures of the American West accurately and with sensitivity. His knowledge of the cowboy’s way of life, gained from his time spent horseback on ranches during the annual Cowboy Artists of America’s (CAA) trail ride, as well as the time spent with local ranchers and friends, is evident in his contemporary cowboy paintings. The many hours spent in museums, at historical re-enactments, in visiting with experts on Native American culture, and reading from his extensive library, have helped him to bring his vision of the Plains Indian culture to life on canvas.
For more than 30 years Grelle has made a career of his art, and has won awards of both regional and national importance. In 1995, he was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America, and he is one of the younger active members. He is currently serving his second term on the board of directors for that organization, and participates in the Annual CAA Exhibition and Sale at the Phoenix Art Museum each October. Grelle won the CAA People’s Choice Award in 2002, for his painting Monarchs of the North, and the Ray Swanson Memorial Award in 2008, for his painting Newlyweds. He has also been privileged to participate in other major juried shows across the United States. Included in that list are the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which he has participated in each year since 1995, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale at the Autry National Center, and the inaugural Quest for the West Exhibition & Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum. Awards of merit include the Prix de West Purchase Award, which he won in 2002 for his painting Teller of Tales, and again in 2005, for his painting Two Coups, making him one of only 6 artists to have won the top award twice. Grelle has also won twice the Nona Jean Hulsey Ramsey Buyer’s Choice Award at Prix de West, first in 2004 with Signs Along the Snake, and again in 2006, for Dust in the Distance. The artist is represented by Overland Gallery of Fine Art, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where a one-man show is held for Grelle each March. The 2008 show marked Grelle’s 20th anniversary one-man show with the gallery.
2 Cowhands 3 Cowboys A Camp Along the River A New Day Alongside a Waterfall American Flag American Indians An American Icon Apsaalooke Foot Soldiers Apsaalooke Horse Hunters Apsaalooke Sentinels Apsaalooke Signal Maker Apsaroke Autumn Apsaroke Guardian Art Art Gallery Artist Artwork Back from the River Bears Best Friends Bowing Heads Braves Brush Country Cowboys By Early Light Callin It A Day Camp Camp Meat and Mules Canvas Wall Art Cattle Cattle Running Off Cavalry Soldiers Cheyenne Wood Gatherer Chief Collector Art Comanche Moon Corral Cowboy Cowboy on Horseback Cowboy Revival Cowhand on Horseback Cowhands Creek Bottom Search Crossing River Crossing the creek Crossing the Mountains Crow American Indians Crow Indians Crows in the Yellowstone Custom Framed Daughter Days of the Coldmaker Distant Signals Dog Dogs Dust in the Distance Eagle Prayer Empty Lodge Encounter at the Falls Fall Leaves Falls in the Air Fine Art Fireplace Gallery4Collectors Gathering Storm Giclee Canvas Guards Heading for the Barn Heading Home Heading to the Barn Home Decor Home D‚cor Horse Horseback Horses House Huge Mountains Hunters Morning In the Texas Dust Indian Bride Indian Camp Indian Maiden Indian Warriors Indian Woman Indians Inside a Tent Intruders Investment Art Last of the Pemmicans Leaving Warmth Lights Glowing Limited Edition Prints Living Room Artwork Load of Wood Lone Cowboy Longhorn Running Looking for Lost Cattle Loyal Cow dog Loyal Dog Made in the USA Maiden Making Offering Martin Grelle Morning Vigil Mother Mountain Mountainmen Mountains Mountains Native American Artwork Native American Native American Artwork Native American in Art Native American Indians Native Americans New Wealth for the Blackfeet Newlyweds Offerings to the Spirit in the Falls Old Barn On Horseback Online Gallery Online Gallery of Art Open Range Pack Dog Pack Horse paper prints Parasols and Black Powder Passage at Falling Waters Plains Indians Plans Against the Pecunies Police Popular Prayers of the Pipe Carrier Prints Quiet Scene Raining Rainy Autumn Rainy Day Red Robe Remnants of a Ranch Reverence Riding Riding Full Tilt River Rivers Edge Rope High Roping Roping a Cow Roping a Wild One Roundup Roundup for Branding Running with the Elk Dogs Scout Scouts Scouts in Rough Country Scouts on Buffalo Fork Searching the creek Second to the Pipe Carrier Sentinel for Camp Service to the USA She Waits Shooting Contest Signaling Signs Along the Snake Snake River Snake River Culture Snow Snowy Day Southwest Art Prints Spell the Spirits Strategies Stream Summer on the Greasy Grass Sunrise Sentinel Teepee TeePees Teepess Teller of Tales Texas The Dog The Expert The Rivers Gift The Scarlet Robe To Work Trackers Trapper Trappers Trappers in the Wind Rivers Treasure Box Tribute Tribute to Military Troubled Waters Two Coups Two Cowboys Two Scouts on Horseback Viewing the Countryside Wagonload of Warmth Waiting on the Sun Waiting on the Wolves Wall Art Warming Fire Warrior Warriors Warriors in the Willows Warriors Quest Watching a Revival Water Falls Waterfall Waving Cloth Wedding Wedding Preparations West Texas Cow Hunter Western Western Artwork When Horses Leave No Tracks When Wolves Speak Where Waters Run Cold Winter Winter Scene Winters Day With Wonder She Waits Wolves on Rock Creek Yellow Slicker Yellowstone National Park