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Dan Bodelson (b. 1949), "Finishing Touch", oil on canvas, 18 x 24", frame: 24.75 x 30.75"

Dan Bodelson works in a diverse range of media, subject matter and style. He was born in Minnesota, and spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, he went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972.

After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his advertising career in San Francisco after a year because his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived ever since. There, he has devoted his artistic energies in telling visual stories of the West and painting its landscape and people.

Bodelson's subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, subtle landscapes, scenes of past and present from cowboy life, and delicate still life's. His imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him.

Dan and his family---wife Patty, and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle---travel quite a bit, and Dan has painted on most all these trips, completing paintings of the Bahamas, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.

His work is found in private and corporate collections including: State of New Mexico; Allied Bank of Houston; Plains Capital Bank, Texas; Avis Industrial Corporation, Indiana; Bank of America; Wells Fargo Bank; Former governors Bruce King of New Mexico and Frank Keating of Oklahoma; Amblin Corporation; Movie Director Steven Spielberg; Composer John Williams and his wife Samantha; pitcher Nolan Ryan; and actors Amy Irving, Don Johnson, and Melanie Griffin.

His work has been exhibited from New York to Los Angeles including The Art League of New York (special award for painting); The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Autry Museum in Los Angles, CA.; Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico; Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection); New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM.; Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum; Haley Library in Midland Texas; Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver CO; and Eiteljorg Museum Quest For The West show.

He has been featured in select publications including The New York Times, Business Week, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Colorado Cowboy, The Santa Fean, Cowboys & Indians, and the book, Contemporary Western Artists. One of his paintings was selected for the Santa Fe Opera poster.

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Dan Bodelson (b. 1949), "Finishing Touch", oil

Estimate $1,800 - $2,300
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Starting Price $900
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