Guy Anderson

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Guy Anderson (November 20, 1906 April 30, 1998) was an American artist known primarily for his oil painting who lived most of his life in the Puget Sound region of the United States. His work is in the collections of numerous museums including the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been called "Perhaps the most powerful artist to emerge from the Northwest School".[1]

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Guy Anderson
Guy Anderson, 1987. Photo: Paul Dahlquist. Collection of the Portland Art Museum.
Born(1906-11-20)November 20, 1906
DiedApril 30, 1998(1998-04-30) (aged 91)
Known forPainting
MovementNorthwest School
Awards1975 Guggenheim Fellowship 1995 Bumbershoot Golden Umbrella Lifetime Achievement

Anderson's mature work often draws from a set of symbols (circle, spiral, egg, seed, wave) he developed from the study of religious, mythical, and philosophical sources.[1] The symbols are frequently combined with the human figure. Beginning in the 1960’s he painted on brown roofing paper that came in long rolls and permitted him to paint on a grand scale.[2]

Anderson said: "I read the Vedanta and the Vedas and I think about the order of the universe. The more we send men out into space, the more I realize we already are in space, floating out there. The whole order is preordained, in some miraculous way. I think all creation is magical."[3]