TRENT GUDMUNDSEN (pronounced "GOOD-mund-son"), B. 1978
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.
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.
* "Great American Figurative Painters", at Waterhouse Gallery. Santa Barbara, CA. 2010-16.
* 2016. "3rd place painting". Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City Museum, UT.
SELECT PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:
* Southwest Art. "Focusing on Figures". November 2010 issue, (page 56).