Harry Koyama, a lifelong resident of Montana, was born in 1949 and has always had an interest in art. After graduating from high school in 1967 he began his formal art training at Montana State University-Billings receiving a Bachelors Degree with an Extended Art Major in 1972. Since that time Harry’s award winning art has been shown and collected extensively. Painting full time has allowed Harry to concentrate on his passion for impressionism, creating powerful paintings through the use of the painting knife along with a bold color palette. His subjects range from western wildlife and landscapes along with Native American dancers. His more public work hangs at the Summit Hotel at Big Sky Resort ski area and at the University of Montana.
Memberships include Oil Painters of America and Oil Pastel Society with gallery representation in the Western States including the Creighton Block Gallery at Big Sky, Montana.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “ART IS MOST POWERFUL WHEN RENDERED THROUGH THE POWER OF SUGGESTION”
Although not a revolutionary statement, that phrase sums up my approach to painting. Avoiding minute detail allows the observer of my art to complete portions of the work with the viewer’s own imagination thereby experiencing some of the same feelings that I experienced while conceiving and creating the painting. To that end, I find myself being totally immersed in my work, attempting to make certain that every dab of paint has a meaningful purpose. Although, accuracy is important, equally important is the human creative process which directly influences the work.
Much of my inspiration for painting can be attributed to my late uncle, Ed Burns, an accomplished west coast landscape and wildlife painter, and to the work of the Russian master painter Nicolai Fechin. Even though creating art can be a struggle at times, the feeling of success when solving problems always makes the effort worthwhile and I, like other artists, strive for that feeling of satisfaction which comes with the completion of a successful work of art.
Oil on Board
Harry is a regular contributor to numerous charities and fundraisers throughout the region including Ronald McDonald House Charaties, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, The University of Montana Rodeo Team, Parents Let's Unite For Kids, Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, Rocky Mountain College Student Scholarship Fund, Montana State University Billings Foundation, and more.