American Art

Guy Anderson

American, 1906-1998

Biography

“I paint hoping to use the human figure symbolically.” – Guy Anderson

With a talent that has spanned a lifetime, Guy Anderson, investigated life in the broadest sense, absorbing Indian, Asian, and ancient cultures. His paintings, shrouded in spirituality, convey the tension between the overwhelming forces of nature and the human condition.

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.