Missing Fences

Missing Fences, oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2014

Grant William Thye is an Iowa and Chicago based artist who grew up on his family's farm in Grundy Center, Iowa.  He studied at Central College in Pella, Iowa and he did his post graduate work at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University.  Grant exhibits his paintings throughout the United States, including in recent solo shows at Central College and the Dubuque Museum of Art.  His work has been published in books and used in ad campaigns, and it is a part of many private, corporate, and college art collections, as well as the permanent collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  Grant's work focuses on the Midwest landscape; he considers how it changes in different light and weather conditions, he is inspired by the native plants, farms, and gently rolling hills, and as we can see in Early Morning Autumn, he reveals the beauty and power of the Midwestern sky.

My works have typically always had a certain reflective, dreamlike quality.  I believe this comes from not only the cartoons, comics, and story books of my childhood, but also working, in large part, from memory.  I believe this allows the viewer to form a more immediate recollection, and ultimately a much stronger connection, as if it were taken directly from their own memory banks.

The newer works are much more intimate and personal.  At first glance parts may appear somewhat realistic, but upon closer observation one can see unusual lines and shapes creating the otherwise familiar objects.  The viewer must get close and spend some time with each piece before they can truly appreciate all the hidden idiosyncrasies.  The same can be said about most things in this ever-changing time of instantaneousness, especially when getting to know others on an interpersonal level. -- Grant William Thye

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