Guy Anderson

Visionary Artworks by a Northwest Master

About the Exhibition


June 24, 2016 - August 13, 2016

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“It is long past time for a serious evaluation of Guy Anderson’s place in Northwest painting. He is the only one of us who has consistently explored and developed the Northwest idiom in its purest forms.

His method (line, color, form, design) grows directly from the earth, air and water of the La Conner tidal plain: his philosophic stance balances on the polarity between Indian legend and primitive Christian ethic. From this method and this stance grow paintings which are sombre, difficult and noble: to me their are the finest achievement of the Northwest mythos.”– William Cumming, Artist & Author

In 1953, Guy Anderson received national attention from an intensive article about the Northwest art scene in “Life Magazine”. Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey were viewed as ‘mystics’. Over the years, Guy Anderson had developed a close relationship with Morris Graves and later Mark Tobey, sharing ideas on religion and aesthetic.

This Northwest Master has received many awards and commissions, such as, the Governor’s Art Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Seattle Opera House Commission, etc. He has been included in exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the National Museum of Art in Osaka Japan, and recently honored at the Northwest Museum of Art in LaConner.