Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Magnificent Marvin, Again

I took this low-res iPad photo of the very small MDM painting in my Dallas apartment. The scene shows a tent campsite with a landed helicopter at the far right.

Coming to Alaska in 1947 not as a painter but as a geologist, Marvin Mangus spent many field seasons working for the U. S. Geological Survey in Northern Alaska and Canada. While mapping, exploring, and surveying for oil, he made the most of his access to remote, dramatic scenery by studying and painting the landscape. A solid figure on the Alaskan art scene for almost fifty years, Mangus received formal training in the early 1950s from such prominent artists as Eliot O'Hara, Roger Rittase, and William Walter. His record includes more than 50 solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions in Washington D. C., at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian institution, and the Arts Club. He was one of the first artists to be awarded a solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art after it opened in 1969.

Most of Marvin Mangus' work balances lively brushwork and interest in painterly surface with the artist's profound respect for representational appearance.

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