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TRENT GUDMUNDSEN (pronounced "GOOD-mund-son"), B. 1978

STATEMENT:

I paint local farm scenes and figures similar to the old Russian Impressionists, but with a more fluid brushstroke and level of detail reminiscent of John Singer Sargent. My love and devotion for my wife and 5 kids is paramount; we live on our 7 acre homestead in southeastern Idaho where we're gardening and building in an attempt to be self-sufficient.

BIOGRAPHY:

The line between Trent Gudmundsen's career as an artist and his personal time is very blurred. Everything that he and his wife do seems to be born of a need to create art; Trent even rebuilt their concrete home himself within the shell of the original 1890's structure, complete with hand-sculpted details. The chores and various hands-on projects he enjoys as part of each day on his small Idaho farm are the very things that inspire the subjects he paints.

Trent did attend art school for a short time, but quickly found that his art education was best served by leaving the campus and simply painting...a lot! A relatively quick and prolific painter, Trent's works are at once both expressive and contemplative, indicative of both his excitement for the process, and also of his deep inner feelings for his subjects. Gudmundsen's driving force is twofold: first, the unending pursuit to paint a better painting (more "honestly", as he puts it); and second, the constant inspiration that comes before him in the form of perfect natural compositions in nature, beautiful and unexpected plays of natural light on the landscape, and quiet yet substantial moments of work and play.

Simply put, Gudmundsen seeks out beauty and to depict it honestly.

The artist's work has earned acclaim on a national level in shows and publications, including two Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions with an "Award of Excellence" at each, and inclusion in several magazines and books, including a full-length feature article in Southwest Art.

Gudmundsen's work is currently represented by six fine art galleries in four Western U.S. states, as well as in his own studio. Trent and his wife and their five children live on a 7-acre farm near Preston, Idaho.

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(A view of the artist's old house under renovation in Oct 2016).

SELECT SHOWS:

* "Great American Figurative Painters", at Waterhouse Gallery. Santa Barbara, CA. 2010-16.
* "American Miniatures" at Settlers West Gallery. Tucson, AZ. 2011-12.
* Springville Museum of Art: Spring Salon. Springville, UT. 2010.
* Oil Painters of America. National Juried Exhibition. 2002, '03, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14.
* Oil Painters of America. Western Regional Show. 2008, 2012, 2016.
* Oil Painters of America. Juried Salon. 2013, 2015, 2016.
* Salon International. Greenhouse Gallery. San Antonio, TX. 2004-05, 2008-11.
* International LDS Church Art Competition (Triennial). Salt Lake City, UT. 2000, '03, '06, '12.
* Howard/Mandville Gallery's "Invitational Small Works Show". Kirkland, WA. 2010-11.
* Dixie State College - Sears Invitational Art Show. Dixie State College; St. George, UT. 2009-2014, '16.
* "Windows to the Divine" - Art show and sale. Denver, CO. 2007-2014.
* Annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show. Southern Virginia University. 2007-2014.
* Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction. Bellvue, CO. 2002-'05, 2007-'08.
* Texas Art Auction (and later, "Dallas Art Auction"). Dallas, TX. 2008-12
* Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. National Show and Paint-Out. 2002-08.
* One-man Show. Outlaw Trail Museum. Vernal, UT. 2000.

SELECT AWARDS:

* 2016. "3rd place painting". Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City Museum, UT.
* 2016. "2nd place painting". Logan Summerfest Plein-Air Competition. Logan, UT.
* 2015. "1st Place painting". Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City Museum, UT.
* 2014. "1st Place". Salon D'Autumne. Logan, UT.
* 2013. "2nd Place". Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City, UT.
* 2011. "Grand Prize - Purchase Award". Pioneer Art Festival plein-air painting contest. Salt Lake City, UT.
* 2011. "2nd Place". Outdoorpainter.com -- bi-monthly national online contest. May/June. Juried by Curt Walters.
* 2010. "Merit Award". Springville Museum of Art: Spring Salon.
* 2010. Honorable Mention. (Also 2009). Dixie State College - Sears Invitational Art Show. Dixie State College; St. George, UT.
* 2009. Award of Excellence. Eighteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition. Oil Painters of America. 2009.
* 2008. 2nd Place Oil. 5th Annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show. Southern Virginia University. 2008.
* 2003. Award of Excellence. Twelfth Annual National Juried Exhibition. Oil Painters of America. 2003.
* 2004. Top 200. Arts for the Parks. Jackson, WY.
* 2007. Top 100. Paint the Parks.
* 2010. Finalist in portrait/figure category. "The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition".
* 2010. 3rd Place. Logan Summerfest Plein Air Painting Contest. Logan, UT. 2010.
* 2007. Top 100. Paint the Parks. 2007.
* 2007-11. Finalist. RayMar Art - Painting Competition. 2007, 2009/10, 2010/11.
* 2004. "First Place-Oil", Outlaw Trail Museum--Juried Art Show. (Vernal, UT). 2004.
* 2003. "Honorable Mention". Northern Colorado Artist Association National Show. Fort Collins, CO. 2003.
* 1996. "Best of Show," and "First Place-Oil", Outlaw Trail Museum--Juried Art Show. 2001. (Vernal, UT)
* 1996. "Scholarship Winner". Sterling Scholar Program. Fine Art cagetory. Northeast Region. Utah. 1996.
* 1996. Two "Awards of Merit". Springville Museum of Art--High School Juried Art Show. (Springville, UT)
* 1995. "First Place". National Geographic Society/Wyland Art Galleries: Marine Art Contest. (Laguna Beach, CA)

SELECT PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:

* Southwest Art. "Focusing on Figures". November 2010 issue, (page 56).
* Southwest Art. "Moments in Time" (feature article) written by Mark Mussari. August 2010 issue, (pages 84-89).
* Southwest Art. "21 Under 31". September 2003 Issue.
* Southwest Art. "Best of the West". April 2010 issue, (page 26).
* Southwest Art. "Simply Divine". September 2009 issue, (page 20).
* My Dear Sisters (book), by Gordon B. Hinckley. Published by Covenant Communications. 2008. (2 full-page paintings included).
* The Art of Motherhood (book). Published by Covenant Communications. 2013. (2 full-page paintings included).
* Cowboys & Indians Magazine. Included in "Emerging Artists" article. January 2004 issue.
* Ensign magazine. 2000, 2004, 2007.


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