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Martin Grelle ( 1954– )

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Martin Grelle, b. 1954, Clifton, Texas, (United States) 

Born & raised in Clifton, Texas, Martin Grelle still lives on a small ranch a few miles from town.  His studio sits in the picturesque Meridian Creek Valley, surrounded by the oak & cedar-covered hills of Bosque County, just a short distance from his home, but also within a few miles of the family & friends who are so important in his life. He has two sons, Josh & Jordan, who have left home to pursue their own dreams, but who stay in touch frequently.  Grelle’s parents, Ervin & Ella, have both passed from this life, but he still has his brothers, Carl & Marvin, living nearby, as well as his sister, Mary, who lives in Ft. Worth.  


Grelle began drawing & painting when he was very young, and was fortunate to have James Boren & Melvin Warren, two professional artists and members of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America, move to the area when he was still in high school, and it has had a lasting impact on his direction & career.  Mentored by Boren, he had his first one-man show at a local gallery within a year of graduating from high school in 1973.  In the nearly 40 years since that time, he has produced some 30 one-man exhibitions, including annual shows at Overland Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1989, and has won awards of both regional & national importance at shows around the country. 


Grelle was invited into membership with the Cowboy Artists of America in 1995, fulfilling a dream that began in the early 70’s when he first met Boren & Warren.  That same year he was invited to participate in the first Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Since that time he has won the Prix de West Purchase Award, twice (one of only seven artists to do so), the Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award, twice, the CA People’s Choice Award in 2002, the CA Ray Swanson Award in 2008, the CA Buyers’ Choice Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Silver Award for Water Solubles in 2012. He was awarded the Legacy Award by The Briscoe Museum in 2012, for his impact on western art. Other major invitational exhibitions & sales Martin has participated in include The Masters at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the inaugural Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, the Coeur d’Alene Auction, and the Jackson Hole Art Auction.  Grelle has also been featured in a number of publications throughout his career, including multiple appearances in ART OF THE WEST and WESTERN ART COLLECTOR magazines, SOUTHWEST ART, WESTERN ART & ARCHITECTURE, PERSIMMON HILL, AMERICAN COWBOY, WESTERN HORSEMAN, INFORMART, WILD WEST, & was listed in TRUE WEST magazine’s 2011 Best of the West Source Book.  He was honored with a retrospective showing of his work, along with fellow CA artist, Herb Mignery, for the Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous Show 2013.


Martin Grelle has a real sense of responsibility to his collectors, which fills his heart every morning when he walks into the studio, believing that what he does is a gift entrusted to him from God, and must not be left unused or taken for granted, but developed and improved upon.  His parents, and Jim & Mary Ellen Boren, all set that example for him – an example of not only striving to be the best artist he can be, but the best man he can be as well. Beyond his studio, Grelle strives to pass on what others have passed to him.  He has given multiple demonstrations around the country, teaches an annual weekend workshop along with his good friend, and fellow CA, Bruce Greene – which they have done for 22 years straight - and mentors other aspiring artists by critiquing their work. He has donated work to a large number of organizations to aid in their progress, including The Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, Texas. 


Grelle has twice served on the board of directors for the CA organization and is currently serving as President.  He is also involved with The Joe Beeler Foundation, founded by the Cowboy Artists of America to coincide with their mentoring program, which provides scholarship opportunities for artists seeking to improve their skills, and has served as President of the Foundation for the past year as well. 

Education

Self-taught; mentored by James Boren

Cowboy Artists of America Museum, Kerrville, TX, Workshop, Harvey Johnson/Melvin Warren, 1983

Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, TX, Workshop, Bettina Steinke

Selected Exhibitions

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK, 1995-2014

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Cowboy Artist of America Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011-2014

Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective and Art Sale, Tulsa, OK, 2013

Phoenix Art Museum, Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale, Phoenix, AZ, 1996-2010

Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2005, 2007, 2009

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Quest for the West Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, 2006 

Evening of Art, McKinney, TX, 1988-1989 

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Show, Waco, TX, 1985 

American Indian & Cowboy Artists (AICA), San Dimas, CA, 1977-1983

Phippen Museum, George Phippen Memorial Outside Show, Prescott, AZ, 1977

Selected Press

Western Art & Architecture, The Messenger, April/May, 2014

Western Art Collector, Respect the Culture, April, 2014

Western Art Collector, Silver Anniversary, April, 2013

Southwest Art, Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous, April, 2013

Art of the West, Still Riding High, March/April 2013

Art of the West, For the Love of Art, November/December 2012

Western Art Collector, Everyday Lives, April, 2012

Western Art Collector, Martin Grelle’s Annual Exhibition, June, 2011

Western Art Collector, Pride of the Crow, April, 2011

Western Art Collector, Event Report: Martin Grelle, June, 2010

Western Art Collector, Draw of the West, April, 2010

Western Art Collector, Homage to the American West, March, 2009

Art of the West, Riding High, September/October 2008

Western Art Collector, Pride of the Plains, March, 2008

Western Art Collector, Premier Issue, Martin Grelle: Sheer Magic!, 2007

Art of the West, Twenty One, November/December 2007

Art of the West, A Glimpse of God’s Creation, September/October 2002

Southwest Art, From the Heart of Texas, November, 2000

Art of the West, Looking to the Future, September/October 1996

Art of the West, New Directions, March/April 1996

Art of the West, Experience is Everything, September/October 1990

Persimmon Hill

American Cowboy

Western Horseman

Art Talk

Selected Publications

Erivan & Helga Haub Family Collection of Western Art, Mollring Enterprises, 2005

Cowboy Artists of America, Michael Duty, 2002

Leading the West, One Hundred Contemporary Painters & Sculptors, Donald J. Hagerty, 1997

Contemporary Western Artists, Harold & Peggy Samuels, 1982

Selected Collections

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Erivan & Helga Haub Family

Awards

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Cowboy Artist of America Exhibition, Silver Award, Water Solubles, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012, 2014

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Cowboy Artist of America Exhibition, People’s Choice, Oklahoma City, OK, 2014

Gilcrease Museum - Rendezvous Retrospective, 2013 

Briscoe Western Art Museum, Legacy Award, San Antonio, TX, 2012

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Cowboy Artist of America Exhibition, Buyers Choice, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Cowboy Artist of America Exhibition, Buyers Choice, Oklahoma City, OK, 2011

Phoenix Art Museum, Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale, Ray Swanson Memorial Award, “Newlyweds,” Phoenix, AZ, 2008

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Nona Jean Hulsey Buyer’s Choice, “Dust in the Distance,” Oklahoma City, OK, 2006

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de west, Purchase Award, “Two Coups”, Oklahoma City, Ok, 2005

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Nona Jean Hulsey Buyer’s Choice, “Signs Along the Snake,” Oklahoma City, OK, 2004

Greeley Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Artist’s Choice Award, Greeley, CO, 2003

Greeley Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, Buyer’s Choice Award, Greeley, CO, 2003

Phoenix Art Museum, Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale, People’s Choice Award, “Monarchs of the North”, Phoenix, AZ, 2002

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Purchase Award, “Teller of Tales,” Oklahoma City, OK, 2002

Evening of Art, Best of Show, McKinney, TX, 1989

Evening of Art, Best Work in Opaque Painting, McKinney, TX, 1988 

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Show, Silver Award for Oils, Waco, TX, 1985  

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Show, Artist Award, Waco, TX, 1985  

American Indian & Cowboy Artists (AICA), 3rd Annual Exhibition, Gold Medal for Drawing, San Dimas, CA, 1979  

American Indian & Cowboy Artists (AICA), 3rd Annual Exhibition, Best of Show, Lloyd Mitchell Memorial Award, San Dimas, CA, 1979  

American Indian & Cowboy Artists (AICA), Bronze Medal for Drawing, 1st Annual Exhibition, San Dimas, CA, 1977  

Phippen Museum, Silver Award for Water Color, George Phippen Memorial Outside Show, Prescott, AZ, 1977

Affiliations

Cowboy Artists of America, 1995-Present

Cowboy Artists of America, President

American Indian & Cowboy Artists (AICA), 1977-1983

 

 

Artist Works

Lot 153
(2007)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Morning Vigil (2007)
Oil on Linen
44 x 56 in
$364,000
Lot 129
(2008)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Camp Meat and Mules (2008)
Oil on Linen
40 x 54 in
$316,250
Lot 91
(2013)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Scouts on the Buffalo Fork (2013)
oil on linen
40 x 48 in
$263,250
Lot 76a
(2014)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Strategies (2014)
oil on linen
40 x 50 in
$263,250
Lot 245A
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Last Trail to Medicine Wheel (2016)
oil and acrylic on linen
40 x 48 in
$198,900
Lot 86
(2014)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Fires Burned Out ()
oil on linen
48 x 36 in
$163,800
Lot 142B
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Whitewater Passage (2015)
oil on linen
40 x 30 in
$157,950
Lot 43
(2009)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Following the River (1998)
oil on canvas
48 x 48 in
$138,000
Lot 79
(2011)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
On a Winter's Quest ()
oil on linen
48 x 64 in
$138,000
Lot 298
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Of One Heart ()
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
$134,550
Lot 243G
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Bearer of the Crooked Staff (2018)
oil on linen
40 x 30 in
$134,500
Lot 74
(2010)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Seeking Buffalo (2002)
oil on linen
40 x 48 in
$126,500
Lot 55
(2009)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Empty Lodge ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$109,250
Lot 39
(2014)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Winter Trader ()
oil on canvas
30 x 48 in
$99,450
Lot 144
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Courtship (2014)
oil on linen
42 x 34 in
$99,450
Lot 54
(2007)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Warriors of Winter (2006)
Oil on Linen
40 x 30 in
$95,200
Lot 112
(2010)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
New Wealth (1997)
oil on linen
36 x 48 in
$92,000
Lot 97
(2009)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
In the Shadow of the Grandfathers (2009)
oil on linen
38 x 46 in
$86,250
Lot 97
(2010)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
When Crow Hunt Geese (2008)
oil on linen
40 x 30 in
$86,250
Lot 171
(2008)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Sundown at Brazos Cliff's (1991)
Oil on Canvas
36 x 48 in
$63,250
Lot 82
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
In the Grip of Winter ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$57,500
Lot 25
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Mists of Morning ()
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
$51,750
Lot 30
(2008)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Ten Below By Nightfall (1989)
Oil on Canvas
30 x 48 in
$48,875
Lot 38
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
A Hunter's Tale ()
oil on canvas
18 x 28 in
$43,125
Lot 90
(2008)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Stolen (1998)
Oil on Canvas
16 x 24 in
$40,250
Lot 299
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
The Victor ()
acrylic on linen
12 x 9 in
$35,100
Lot 91
(2008)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Morning Lodge (2003)
Oil on Canvas
14 x 18 in
$34,500
Lot 28
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Like Wolves in the Night ()
oil on linen
24 x 24 in
$34,500
Lot 136
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Moonlight Vigil (2014)
acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 in
$34,000
Lot 224
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Callin' it a Day ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$35,100
Lot 315
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Late Winter Passage ()
acrylic on canvas
16 x 14 in
$35,100
Lot 314
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Prairie Wolves ()
acrylic on canvas
9 x 12 in
$32,760
Lot 79
(2017)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Three to Go ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$32,175
Lot 217
(2013)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Going Home ()
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
$31,590
Lot 169
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Mountain Meadow ()
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
$29,250
Lot 309
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Morning Chores ()
acrylic on canvas
20 x 18 in
$26,325
Lot 290
(2017)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Crossing ()
oil on canvas
12 x 12 in
$26,325
Lot 335
(2017)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Two for Town ()
oil on canvas
30 x 48 in
$26,325
Lot 153
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Crossing Over ()
acrylic and oil on board
12 x 12 in
$24,570
Lot 37
(2009)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Rocky Crossing ()
oil on canvas
24 x 18 in
$23,000
Lot 120
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Winter Scout ()
oil on canvas
9 x 12 in
$21,060
Lot 12
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
At the Old Place ()
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
$19,550
Lot 355
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Late Autumn Gather ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$19,040
Lot 60
(2016)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Crossing at Running Eagle ()
acrylic on cotton
12 x 9 in
$19,040
Lot 52
(2013)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Eyes of the Wolf ()
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in
$17,550
Lot 220
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Yellow Slicker ()
oil on canvas
24 x 20 in
$17,550
Lot 191
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
The Neighbor's Mare ()
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in
$17,550
Lot 22
(2012)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Wet Afternoon ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$16,100
Lot 149
(2009)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Morning Glow (1989)
oil on linen
9 x 12 in
$14,950
Lot 86
(2017)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Near Sundown ()
oil on canvas
14 x 11 in
$12,870
Lot 196
(2007)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
End Of Autumn ()
Oil on Canvas
14 x 11 in
$10,350
Lot 336
(2017)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Stayin' In ()
oil on canvas
11 x 14 in
$9,945
Lot 136
(2011)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Spirit of the Wolf ()
oil on canvas
12 x 9 in
$8,625
Lot 59
(2018)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Day in the Rain ()
acrylic on linen
18 x 14 in
$6,600