Tainted Revelations

The Art of Bill Ohrmann

Joe Ashbrook Nickell
Introduction by Stephen Glueckert

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  • Published: 2014
  • Subject Listing: Art
  • Bibliographic information: 140 pp., 106 color illus., 102 in color, 12 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: Missoula Art Museum
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Bill Ohrmann only began seriously painting when he retired from ranching in 1996. Since then, the 95-year-old Montana artist has produced hundreds of canvases that explore his blistering criticism of the modern West. His direct, narrative paintings, often inspired by quotations from his favorite poets and environmental writers, are by turns wry, apocalyptic, horrifying and hilarious.

In Tainted Revelations, Joe Ashbrook Nickell maps out the broad landscape of Ohrmann's oeuvre, communing along with the way with the cavemen and future-men, tigers and mice, neighbors and nymphs who speak their truths through the painter's brush. Part biography, part meditation, Nickell's text is coupled with more than 90 color reproductions of Ohrmann's work, eloquently illuminating the artist's singular worldview and impassioned concern for the plight of oppressed souls - human and otherwise - of this earth.
Joe Ashbrook Nickell is a two-time NEA Arts Journalism Institute fellow. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Bill Ohrmann: A Treasure in the Treasure State / Stephen Glueckert

A Letter from Bill Ohrmann to Joe Ashbrook Nickell

Biographical Essay by Joe Ashbrook Nickell

The Art of Bill Ohrmann

Chronological Index of Artworks


"Seven years ago, Joe Nickell stepped into Bill Ohrmann's art museum and realized he had found an artist about whom everyone needed to know. Ohrmann, a 95-year-old retired rancher, has created hundreds of colorful paintings with images depicting war, animal cruelty, environmental degradation, racism and other human follies with unapologetic, often satirical criticism. . . . [Tainted Revelations] is a striking tribute to a passionate artist."
-Erika Fredrickson, Missoula Independent