Bear Medicine Shield
Gale Running Wolf Sr., Blackfeet, Bear Medicine Shield, 2021, Acrylic/gouache, 18 x 15, $525.00
Gale Running Wolf, Sr. is an award-winning Blackfeet artist. He was born and raised on the Blackfeet reservation. He makes his home in Billings, Montana. Although Gale has no formal art training, he masterfully portrays his Blackfeet heritage with vivid realism and developed a unique "winter blue" style that is easily recognized. His portrayal of Blackfeet warriors on horseback has been a recurring subject that has received acclaim. Gale's mediums consist of pencil, oils, gouache, and acrylic.
A full-time professional artist for 36 years, Gale exhibits at many prestigious shows and auctions throughout the United States. He is represented by various galleries, museums, National Parks (including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park), Crazy Horse Memorial, and art distributors in the country. His work is in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Over the years, Gale has won a total of 65 awards including 10 “People's Choice Awards”. His first major award was the “Newcomer Award", at the Trail of Tears Exhibit (Tahlequah, OK) in 1986. Gale's most recent awards are the “Jim Gillihan Award” (for the realistic rendering of a Native American on horseback) for “Blackfeet Buffalo Warrior Il”, and the "Allan and Joyce Niederman Award" (for most traditional painting) for "After the Storm". Both awards were awarded at the 49th Annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show (Pine Ridge, SD).
Gale was the first Native American artist to be selected by the Bradford Exchange (Niles,IL) to do a limited-edition series of collector's plates entitled "Chosen Messengers". His painting "End of an Era" was selected by the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument board of directors and was reproduced and sold as a limited-edition print at the Battlefield. Since 2007, he has had paintings selected by one of the largest card companies in the world, LEANIN' TREE (Boulder, CO) to be published as Christmas cards, etc. In February 2019, Gale renewed his contract agreement with LEANIN' TREE for the next 3 years.