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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: super real panoramic landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Woody Gwyn grew up on the stripped-down landscapes around Midland, Texas.  He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and returned to Texas to become a painter.

In1976, he became a resident of Galisteo, New Mexico from where he paints surrounding landscapes including Canyon de Chelly.  He is noted for contemporary, large-scale landscape paintings that often include reminders of modern life such as interstate highways.

Southwest Art, February 2000, "Painting the American West"

Biography from LewAllen Galleries:
A contemporary landscape painter, Woody Gwyn is fascinated by the crystalline light and vast expanses of a changing American West.  His work is characterized by dramatic angles, panoramic formats, startling color, aggressive cropping, and an acute contrast between the natural and manmade.  Whether depicting monumental mountain vistas, shimmering oceanic expanses, or the infinite depths of the night sky, the result is intended to shatter conventions and to offer new ways of seeing a world he reveres.

Disarmingly humble, and averse to any theorization that privileges the mind over the eye, Gwyn talks about finding truth and beauty “in the way things are.”

As landscape painting marks the state of our conception of nature, Gwyn paints to familiarize viewers to shift their contemporary vision.  He creates panoramas to invoke both the sense of proportion and the involvement inherent to cinema, which can slowly lead the eye through sensuous ribbons of Western scenery.

His downward-canted, aerial vantages reveal a land we’ve come to better understand through the technologies of aerial photography and satellite surveillance – an Earth equally expanded and neutralized by distance.  In fact, Gwyn tries to show viewers a world that needs art more than ever before because it is only through the artist’s hand that we can re-humanize a new sense of space.

Woody Gwyn was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1944, and received his arts education from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  For the past forty years, his work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including the Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel; le Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe.

His monograph, Woody Gwyn, produced by Texas Tech University Press records the artist’s unique contributions to contemporary landscape painting.

Biography from Southwest Graphics Collection:
Woody Gwyn's paintings and lithographs are described as realistic with surrealistic overtones. He captures the essence of the Southwest landscape by contrasting the radiant blue sky with rich red tones of the earth.

Gwyn was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1944. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States. From 1968 to 1976 he had annual one-man shows for the Meredith Long Company in Houston, Texas.

Gwyn's work is seen in many private, corporate and museum collections, including: Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia; Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, Alabama; McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; University of Houston, Houston, Texas; and the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Woody Gwyn has his home and studio in Galisteo, New Mexico.

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