a russell chatham day

07.01.2021 – 01.22.2023

M.J. Murdock Gallery

Russell Chatham was a local legend in Livingston, MT who found himself inspired by the area’s landscape, especially rainy mornings and hazy sunsets. These scenes became locally known as “Russell Chatham Days,” when the horizon line disappeared, and the sky and land become one ethereal plane. His work grew in popularity as he began making fine art prints, eventually becoming one of the world’s leading lithographers.  The Missouri Headwaters series (Featured in this exhibition) was conceived by Chatham in 1985 as a way to expand upon his newly-acquired printing skills. The twelve lithographs portray the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers at Three Forks, Montana, and roughly 10,000 square miles of the Missouri. According to Chatham, “Each print is designed to make a statement. Each month can more or less be distilled into a feeling or mood composed of what actually is at the moment, what has just passed, and what is to come.”