Colt Idol

Artist Statement

The New Face of the Old West:  A time that no longer exists merging with a time that is dynamic in its use of color, form, texture, space, and light.  ‘The West’ as we know it from history no longer exists, but ‘the West’ in this new age allows an opportunity to bring old and new to life.   Whether landscape, wildlife or western, my work is emotionally charged through fearless color, tenacious light, and a divergence in contrast.  My artistic endeavors are inspired by the history that’s right behind us, and of the cultures of our ancestors that lived on the very land we live today.  My artistic expression lies in highlighting a timeless, symbolic, and ambient West of old, to this new daring and vibrant era in which we live today.


Lifetime Montana resident Colt Idol has always been enamored with “The West” and all that is represents. After an injury-plagued high school and collegiate basketball career Colt decided to pursue art full-time. With the guidance of his father, Dick Idol, renowned outdoor personality and artist, Colt was able to develop his abilities and advance his knowledge of art-he had undoubtedly found his passion.

Colt is now 29 years old and lives in Whitefish, MT. 

He is represented by seven galleries; The Dick Idol Signature Gallery in Whitefish, MT, Coeur d’Alene Art Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, ID, the Beartooth Gallery in Red Lodge, MT, Park City Fine Art, in Park City, UT, The West Lives on Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY, Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, NM and Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, AZ.

He participates in annual shows including the Out West Art Show, Miniatures by the Lake, the C.M. Russell Museum events and Settlers West Galleries Summer and Fall Shows. He was selected as one of Southwest Art’s 21 Artists under the age of 31 to collect. Colt’s artwork and his growth as an artist continue to rise expeditiously.