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Quest for the West artist Dan Bodelson

by The Eiteljorg Musem of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 17, 2016
Bodelson 2016
Dan Bodelson

Born 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; lives in Santa Fe


The Artist
2016, oil, 30 x 24 inches

This piece had two inspirations. The first was a photo that a friend of mine let me use, and the second was a day-trip adventure with another friend of mine, who is four-and-a-half years old (the half is very important). My little friend and I explored large culverts under the highways, which are full of graffiti and things. One had this great light that cast down from a vertical metal culvert. I took a picture of my friend under the light. I then reposed the photo from my other friend, added the light, and put the whole thing in a teepee. So there you have it: inspiration.

ALTHOUGH HE WAS BORN IN MINNESOTA, Dan Bodelson grew up in Colorado and New Mexico. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, he attended the California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, receiving his BFA in 1972. Intending to pursue a career as an illustrator, his love of painting took him back to Santa Fe, where he has lived and painted ever since.

Bodelson’s scenes of American Indian life and landscapes are inspired by Western literature and the natural beauty that surrounds him. He and his family also travel widely; he has painted in places as far-flung as Brazil, the Bahamas, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. His work can be found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. Since the early 1970s, Bodelson has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows.

Gallery Representation

InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
Joe Wade Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona

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