Ace Powell (Asa L. Powell) ~ Famous Montana Artist

Ace Powell oil

Ace Powell oil

Ace Powell is a legend in the Montana western art scene. Ace was a prolific painter and sculptor who produced an incredible amount of material. The Kalispell dealers and collectors kept him busy painting as fast as he could put the work out. Ace was never as skilled as other early Montana painters like C.M. Russell, O.C. Seltzer, J.H. Sharp, Edgar Paxson, but there is a certain mystique within the Montana collecting and dealing fraternity about Ace Powell that many artists never acquire. It is a combination of being prolific, Powell’s charismatic personality and famed drinking sessions, being heavily marketed by several local art dealers, etc. Whatever the formula, Ace Powell has become a highly sought after Montana artist not only in his home state, but regionally as well.

Ace Powell oil ~ "Peace Offering"

Ace Powell oil ~ "Peace Offering"

If you have any Ace Powell works that you are considering selling, please contact Mike at Raunig Art Enterprises for a full consultation. You can email me at


13 Responses to “Ace Powell (Asa L. Powell) ~ Famous Montana Artist”

  1. Jennie Bakke Says:
    October 21st, 2009

    I have several black and white drawings by Ace Powell. My great uncle was an artist and somehow acquired these early drawings. They are framed under glass and I’m interested in selling at least one of them.

    You can contact me at my email or I’ll try to phone at a later date.

    Thank you for your time,

  2. Mrs Pamela Pullan Says:
    January 17th, 2010

    Dear Sir,
    We have a print of a North American Indian signed by POWELL.( Sacred Ground) 937/1000.

    Please could me tell me whether this could be of some value?

    Thank you

    Yours faithfully

    Pamela Pullan

  3. Ace Powell Says:
    January 29th, 2010

    I have an 11X14 Oil Sketch of an Indian Head that I purchased in 1971 and a 12X24 oil with a lot of detail of 2 indians on thier horses by a river that was painted in 1957. On the back it says 5/57

  4. jeannie mintun Says:
    March 17th, 2010

    I have an Ace Powell 4” by 4″ pencil Indian Chief

    want to know what it could be sold for.

  5. Debra Cox Says:
    July 14th, 2010

    I am looking for a painting or drawing of my grandfather Ray Murphy, reputedly done by Ace Powell. Might you have it or know who I might ask about it?

    Thank you for your time,
    Debra Cox

  6. admin Says:
    August 30th, 2010

    Do you have a picture of the painting? I can let you know if I have ever seen it. Mike

  7. admin Says:
    August 30th, 2010

    sorry Pamela, we only deal in original works.

    Mike ~

  8. admin Says:
    August 30th, 2010

    I would love to see the pieces…please email them to me.

    Mike Raunig ~

  9. Paula Barb Says:
    November 29th, 2010

    Someone just gave me a series of Glacier Natural History Assoc. prints that Ace Powell did for the National Park Service. I don’t know the date done or why he did the series. Are you familiar with these? I would imagine they are not worth much since they are copies but I would like to know more about them. Any help you can give me or where I might go to learn more, I would appreciate it. Thank you so much. Paula Barb

  10. Deb Ellison Says:
    December 2nd, 2010

    I have a bronze sculpture of a bear signed Powell 1968 entitled The Fisherman. I’m interested in selling it. Could you please give me some idea of value?

  11. Bill Kracker Says:
    March 22nd, 2011

    I have limited edition print by Ace Powell, 324/1000, Napi’s World. Do you have an idea what this print would be worth?
    Thank You! Bill

  12. Scott Schmid Says:
    March 31st, 2011

    Ace was not as good as Russell but he was easily as good as Seltzer. He was from my home town and let me tell you Ace liked to drink. Most of his work was just whipped out when he wasn’t feeling all that good. When you look at his art ask yourself “Was this painted when Ace was feeling good or just going through the motions”. They are easy to distinguish and the ones where he was feeling good are a bit scarce and a whole different caliber of art. I wish the art world understood this because Ace gets valued by the art he mass produced rather than his great contributions.

  13. Scott Schmid Says:
    March 31st, 2011

    Also…no one captured the real face of the Blackfeet in the mid 20th century better than Ace. There are so many Western Artists that romanticize the Blackfeet, Ace painted their raw beauty.

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