Featured Artist: Bryce Liston!

 

First Blossoms by Bryce Liston - 20 x 24" Oil on Linen
First Blossoms by Bryce Liston – 20 x 24″ Oil on Linen

Quite amazing how this woman looks like if she were to stand up, she could quietly walk right off the canvas… the obscure background puts more emphasis on the woman, and I think compliments her perfectly.

If you’re on Facebook, Bryce has a Facebook page – Bryce Liston ~ Fine Art and you’ll see how he starts some of his wonderful paintings and the progression… its pretty amazing, I suggest you check it out! Scroll through Bryce’s website… the paintings are amazing!

Read a blip about the artist from his website:

Bryce Cameron Liston

“Being an artist and painting the human figure is what compels me.
It wakes me up at night, it’s what I love and I drive myself to do it very well.
Art is my life-long obsession, pleasure and torment”. 

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Born in 1965 in a small town in Utah, Bryce believes his first desire to be an artist was formed at a very young age when he would go out with his mother while she painted the Utah landscape. Later in school, drawing was a comfort zone for Liston. “It was a subject that excited me- I always had energy and interest for it.” It was here that Liston found his love of the human form. “I don’t quite know why I was drawn to the human form; I suspect the seed was planted while studying the art of the great American Illustrators like N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle.”

It was then that he knew it was the human form that he wanted to portray in his art. He attended the University of Utah for a short time but dropped out before finishing his degree. “I wanted to learn about the craft of art. I wanted to learn to actually <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>produce art, not just discuss it.” With limited resources Bryce found himself working in the studio and foundry of master sculptor, Edward J. Fraughton. The time Liston spent with Fraughton provided him with a knowledge of anatomy that few painters possess and that understanding brings depth and life to the figures he paints. “In Ed’s studio I learned a lot about art.  It’s funny, I learned about painting from a sculptor- I don’t think that’s something that happens everyday.”

Bryce’s education has been self-directed and continues to be that way. Not having a formal art education can be a long and hard way to go about it but it does have its advantages. It allows you to find your own voice rather than emulating that of your teachers, a principle lesson that Liston imparts to all of his students. “Take in all the information that is presented to you, then afterwards disassemble it and make it fit into your personal vision and style.”

Bryce’s work is shown in galleries around the country and he participates in many national and international exhibitions each year. Bryce’s artwork has won numerous prestigious awards, including The Tuffy Berg Award, The Honorary Chairman’s Award and the Southwest Art Award of Excellence at the 2010 CM Russell Auction. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and was awarded Best in Show at the 2008 OPA Western Regional Exhibition.  He was also named one of the Top Ten Artists to Watch by Southwest Art Magazine in January, 2009. His art has been published in many magazines as well as on book covers.

He currently resides in Holladay, Utah with his wife and three daughters. “I can’t even imagine myself not painting or sculpting. My mother was a very talented artist and I can already see some of the same abilities emerging in my young daughters.”

All images via ListonArt.com – used with permission from the artist…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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