Car­rie Bal­lan­tyne Comes Home

Big Horn, WY

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Car­rie Bal­lan­tyne Comes Home, on view at the Brin­ton Mu­seum, is a bit like a fam­ily re­u­nion for the artist, bring­ing to­gether por­traits of peo­ple she’s en­coun­tered through­out the last 30 years. “When I was a starving artist, all I did was work and sell. I kept hardly any art­work—it just went out the door and I never ex­pected to see it again, so this is go­ing to be re­ally spe­cial for me,” Bal­lan­tyne says.

The ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures Bal­lan­tyne’s works span­ning the 1980s to the present, mark­ing the first time the artist will have such a large ex­hi­bi­tion so near the place she calls home. Her works have been col­lected by the Gil­crease Mu­seum, Buf­falo Bill Cen­ter of the West, the Booth Western Art Mu­seum and myr­iad pri­vate col­lec­tors, and while Bal­lan­tyne has lived be­tween Wy­oming and Mon­tana most of her life, she says, “This is the first time I’ve done any sort of ex­hi­bi­tion within my com­mu­nity, and a lot of peo­ple around here aren’t fa­mil­iar with my work be­cause it doesn’t re­main lo­cal!”

Bal­lan­tyne be­gan draw­ing peo­ple and horses at a young age, and af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the art of James Bama, she says, “Por­tray­ing in­di­vid­u­als in a re­al­is­tic man­ner on pa­per and can­vas be­came a life­time pur­suit and passion.” She taught her­self, first with graphite, then worked on mas­ter­ing col­ored pen­cil, char­coal and conté be­fore even­tu­ally mov­ing on to oil paint.

Hav­ing been im­mersed in ranch life for decades, her sub­ject mat­ter re­flects the peo­ple she en­coun­ters in her com­mu­nity. “These peo­ple are lo­cals. They’re from this re­gion,” she says. “My sub­ject mat­ter is tra­di­tional, con­tem­po­rary ranch­ing cul­ture. They’re true like­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als in a spe­cific time and place.”

These pas­sion­ate por­traits of Bal­lan­tyne’s com­mu­nity will be on view at the Brin­ton in Big Horn, Wy­oming, through July 15.

Great Basin Bucka­roo, 2004, col­ored pen­cil, 26 x 17”. Loaned from Buf­falo Bill Cen­ter of the West.

Jessie on the Houli­han Ranch, 2015, oil, 20 x 14½”. Loaned from Gary and Su­san Miller.

North Coun­try Cow­girl, 2010, oil, 20 x 16”. Loaned from Wayne Rum­ley.

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