Monte studied art at Montana State University and University of Montana, and his early work was a melding of West Coast Funk and Pop Art. He opened his first studio in 1974 as a co-founder of the Missoula Warehouse Artists Co-0p, which functioned as an important arts and crafts center in Montana. There he worked in both fine arts and graphics, specializing in poster design for which he has gained an international reputation. Monte has created posters for such clients as the Literacy Volunteers of America (1991 Best of Show award from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators), the Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife and the Telluride Film Festival. Responding to a growing number of collectors, Monte began publishing posters and notecards which are now distributed widely.
Monte is a versatile artist, painting in acrylics, oils and watercolors. He has also pursued his interest in traditional printmaking, creating editions of original lithographs which have been exhibited in numerous invitational and juried shows. Monte enjoys this medium because of its great range of visual possibilities, from the delicacy of of softly drawn lines to the richness of its of its color blends. His prints and paintings, which blends mythology, technology and elements of nature, are infused with a sense of humor and ironic undercurrents. A love of the nature world, coupled with an exuberant curiosity and extensive travel, has helped shape the content of his imagery. Monte's work continues to evolve and to provide viewers with surprises and discoveries.
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Roy E. Hughes