Bryan Bortnem

Artist of the Black Hills member Bryan Bortnem

"I get great satisfaction utilizing various materials, both natural or from rescued homestead materials, such as scrap iron and rustic wood.  Most of my images are contemporary interpretations of traditional western/tribal designs".

With deep roots in the plains of South Dakota, Bryan's work is inspired by prairie wildlife and the early native peoples of this area.  His career began in 1976 doing scrimshaw on a variety of materials including ivory, bone, antler and horn.  A self-taught artist, Bryan's work has expanded to carving and inlay on these materials, as well as creating sculpture from Black  Hills alabaster and Cheyenne River sandstone.  He is an accomplished gold and silversmith creating individual hand cut and fabricated pieces.  His western and tribal images are also portrayed in original paintings on 135 year old vintage paper and masonite.  All are available as giclee prints.  Bryan shows and sells his work in various galleries and museums across the western Great Plains.

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 Black Hills Vision
Black Hills alabaster and buffalo horn.
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