Gibson Byrd (1923-2002)
Gibson Byrd, a figurative and landscape painter, was a master of coloristic subtleties and atmospheric effects. Byrd's interest in figurative painting had a long history, going back to the early 1950s. His work emphasized social realism, angst and banality in the twentieth century, and auto-biographical fantasy. In the early 1980s Byrd turned away from a narrative, psychological approach and focused his attention on the rural landscape. These landscapes focused on rural southern Wisconsin (including a 10-foot square oil painting modeled on a landscape near Cross Plains that welcomed passengers to the Dane County Regional airport for more than a decade starting in 1988), and also coastal southern Calif
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