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Grant William Thye

Grant William Thye

Grant's work has a reflective, dreamlike quality which grow out of the cartoons, comics and story books of his childhood, and play a large part in working from memory. This allows the viewer to form a more immediate recollection and much stronger connection to a particular piece, as if it were stolen directly from their own memory.

The newer works are much more intimate and personal. Although at first glance they may sometimes appear more realistic than the earlier painting, upon closer observation on can see unusual lines and shapes creating the otherwise familiar objects. The viewer must get close and spend a little time with each piece before they can truly appreciate all the hidden idiosyncrasies.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Uncommon Ground, Chicago IL

2009 Joan Kuyper Farvsity Gallery, Pella, IA,

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

The State Library of Iowa, Des Moines, IA


Group Exhibitions

2012 Point of Departure; Joffery Ballery, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL

2011 Summer Session, CornerHouse Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA

New Models, New Art, Mercedes Benz of Chicago, Chicago IL, Curated by: Ashley Boho, Mercedes Benz Marketing

Vault, The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Three Midwest Artists, Quad Cities Arts, Roc, Island, IL, Curated by Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director, Quad Cities Arts

2010

Visiting Artists Exhibit, Moberg Gallery, Des Moies, IA

Artistic Collaborations, Ugly Step Sister Gallery, Chicago, IL Jurried by Jennifer Lindsay Sullivan, founder, TheArtTrade

New American Landscape, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL Jiuried by David Downs, Artist and Publisher, Sprocketbox

Chicago Art Open, river Easer Art Center, Chicago IL, Juried by Susan Aurinko, Independent curator, Owner Flat File Galleries Stephanie Burke,

Managing editor Art Talk Chicago, Chicago Art Magazine Judy Saslow, owner of Judy Saslow Gallery Allison Stites, Former Executive Director Around the Coyote

2009

52nd Annual Beloit & Vacinity Exhibition, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit WI. Jurried by Jason s. Yi, Professor of Art, Milwaukee Institite of Art & Design, Julie Ganser, Dir. Of Advising/Programs/Putreach-Art Dept. University of Wisconsin-Madison

UK; Arts in HealthCare, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

World of Imaginsation II, APW Gallery, New Yoirk, NY

Paintpresent, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY Juried by Bobby Campbell, Assistant Professor of Art, Morehead State University.



2008

Explorations, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL Jurried by Laura Piazza, Center for the Arts, Little City Foundation

Chicago Art Open, Chicago Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL Kuried by Candida Alverez, Associate Professor, Art Institute of Chicago Caterine Edelman, owner and proprietor Catherine Edelman Gallery. Kimberly N. Pinder, Department Chair, Art Institute of Chicago

Ravenshood: Art From the Corridor, Images Gallery, Chicago, IL Juried by members of Images Gallery Cooperative

Incipio, Robert Wayner Gallery, Chicago, IL Curated by Robert Wayner, Owner/Director

Spring Modern Art Exhibit, Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago, IL Curated bt Gretta Jenson, Curatorial Assistant Black Walnut Gallery

E-Coustic Chicago; Art & Environmental Celebration, Chicago, IL

2007

B.A.Y.R.P. Benefit, Work Space Limitie, San Francisco, CA

2006

Art of the Violin, Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana, CA Jurried by Darlene DeAngelo, Curator-Huntington Beach Art Center, Toni McCoDonald Pany, Director-Ivine Fine Arts Center, Karin Schnell. Former Director of Education-Orange County Museum of Art
Art Benicia; 2006 Gala, Art Benicia Building, Benicia, CA


Related Professional Activieies

“New American Landscape” contemporary art book Landscape paintings included as well as artist bio

Buitoni Pasta Advertisement Artwork & bio used for national ad campaign

“Meet the Pros” Panel Discussion & workshop, Central College, Pella, IA Included on the panel of professionals from the fine arts.

Professional Artist Career Day, Lynville-Sully High School, Lynville, IA Day long talk and presentation in High School art Classes

Professional Organizations

Board of Directors; Evening Associates, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Artist Coalition

Collections

Aviva Life Insurance, West Des Moines, IA

Centreal College, Pella, IA

Pella Corporation, Pella, IA

PepsiCo, Chicago, IL

Huff Financial, Fairfield, IA
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Barn on Hill

Barn on Hill

oil on canvas, permanent collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
36" H x 32" W

SOLD
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Autumn Breeze

Autumn Breeze

oil on canvas
60" H x 40" W

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Roll Clouds Over Lake Michigan

Roll Clouds Over Lake Michigan

oil on canvas
36" H x 60" W

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Early Morning Sun

Early Morning Sun

oil on canvas
40" H x 40" W

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Sunset

Sunset

oil on canvas
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Missing Fences

Missing Fences

oil on canvas
24" H x 24" W

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Blue Triptych

Blue Triptych

oil on canvas
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Dune Grass

Dune Grass

commission
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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

oil on canvas

SOLD
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Commission

Commission

commission oil on canvas

SOLD
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Early Morning Autumn

Early Morning Autumn

commission
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Field Between the Hills

Field Between the Hills

oil on canvas
36" H x 36" W

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Midwest Clouds

Midwest Clouds

Oil on canvas.
36" H x 36" W

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Iowa Landscape

Iowa Landscape

Oil on canvas.
24" H x 24" W

SOLD
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Distant Storm

Distant Storm

Oil on canvas. in the permanent collection of Central College, Pella, IA
40" H x 60" W

SOLD
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Autumn in Blue Ridge Moutains

Autumn in Blue Ridge Moutains

Oil on canvas.
24" H x 48" W

SOLD
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Lake Red Rock Pasture

Lake Red Rock Pasture

Oil on canvas.
24" H x 30" W

SOLD
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Sunset

Sunset

Oil on canvas.
40" H x 60" W

SOLD
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Thistle

Thistle

oil on canvas
36" H x 36" W

SOLD
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Prairie II

Prairie II

oil on canvas
36" H x 36" W

SOLD
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Soybeans

Soybeans

oil on canvas
24" H x 72" W

SOLD
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Briar Patch

Briar Patch

acrylic on canvas
36" H x 36" W

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