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Guy Anderson (1906 - 1998)



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As a Washington native and one of the Northwest School’s “big four,” Guy Anderson spent his entire career capturing the region’s natural beauty in his signature abstract expressionist style. In 1929, he traveled to the Tiffany estate in Long Island to study art, where he met the artist Morris Graves. The two began a friendship that would eventually give rise to the Northwest School of art.

Upon returning to Washington, Anderson taught at the Spokane Art Center as part of the WPA’s Federal Art Project; and worked at the Seattle Art Museum, where he gained an affinity for Asian arts and antiquities. Anderson’s mature work is identifiable by its rich, earth tone color palette, and a rhythmic, almost lyrical abstract expressionism. The influence of Asian aesthetics is evident in his work, as are other Eastern modalities and global mythological allusions.

Anderson is famous for using a wide variety of media in his work, from paint and canvas, to lumber and found objects. His work is held in numerous public and private collections, and the artist has received numerous commendations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Tiffany Foundation Award.