Randy Van Dyck (painting)

portrait_van-dyck_72dpi_300x300pxMy most recent body of work, “Suspended Reality” began with paintings of birds floating in a perched pose on a simple and serene background that is the skies over Boise, with no other information.

As the work progressed, foreground information began to find its way into the composition. Soon other objects were included to interact with the birds or sometimes on their own to help tell the story. Eventually they have become full landscape compositions combined with elements of still life and surrealism. I have chosen to float the subject in the center of the piece create a compelling contrast from the landscape. In addition I have cast a shadow from the focal points onto the background to add depth and create a slight confusion in the two dimensional plane.

Although birds are often the focus of my work, the true inspiration comes from the English language. I am drawn to words or phrases that strike a chord and I try to express them visually, often breaking them down into a very literal portrayal.

Each concept starts with the title which has become integral in explaining the imagery. Some are quite simple and straight forward, while others are more obscure and thought provoking. There is a sense of humor to the work, but I strive to create beautiful works that will stand on their own artistic merit. The inspiration and ideas are coming faster than I can paint them, almost taking on a life of their own. I envision the work evolving to include more socially conscious subject matter.

 

EDUCATION;

Associates Degree     –   Art Institute of Seattle  1987

GALLERY REPRESENTATION;

  • Wild Wings  –  Seattle, WA  1988
  • Black Swan Gallery  –  Seattle, WA  1989
  • Prestige Gallery  –  Ontario, Canada  1990
  • Gallery 601  –  Boise, ID  1990 – 1995–
  • Stewart Gallery  –  Boise, ID  2001 – 2005
  • Pacini Lubel  –  Seattle, WA  2010 – 2012
  • Seattle Design Center  –  Seattle, WA   2012                                                                                     
  • Gallery 518 – Boise, ID  2014 – present

SOLO AND TWO PERSON SHOWS;

  • Boise State University – “Suspended Reality”    July – September 2013
  • Gallery 518   –   July 2014
  • Gallery 518   –   September 2015

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS;

  • Boise Art Museum  –  “Birds of a Feather” exhibit   June – September 2010
  • Lisk Gallery – Miniature Show – Oct. 2012, November 2013
  • Boise Art Museum – juried Triennial Exhibit 2013
  • Sylvia White 2014 Collectors Choice – juried exhibit, April – May 2014
  • Emerald Art Center – juried exhibit, April – May 2014
  • Zions Bank Art Show –  May 2014
  • Boise City Dept of Arts and History – Traffic box art 2014
  • International Society of Acrylic Painters – juried exhibit, July – August 2014
  • Pip Squeak – juried exhibit, Northbrook, IL  Nov. – December 2014
  • Boise Art Museum – “Food for Thought” exhibit Sept. – December 2014
  • International Guild of Realism – juried exhibit, Charleston, SC  –  November 2014
  • Gallery 518 – Small Works – December 2014
  • Orange County Collective – “Tiny Bites” – February 2015
  • Tubac Center of the Arts – “Arte de Avian” – March 2015
  • Texas National 2015 – Stephen F. Austin University , juried exhibit – April 2015
  • Emerald Art Center – juried exhibit, May 2015
  • Art League of Hilton Head – juried biennial exhibit, May 2015
  • Zions Bank Art Show – May 2015
  • International Guild of Realism – juried exhibit, Alexandria, VA – August 2015
  • Will’s Creek Exhibition – juried exhibit, Cumberland, MD – September 2015
  • Flights of Fancy – juried exhibit, Northbrook, IL – October 2015
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art – juried exhibit, MA  – April 2016
  • Ceil Gallery – juried exhibit, Charlotte, NC  – April 2016
  • Emerald Art Center – juried exhibit, May 2016
  • Tubac Center of the Arts – “Flight/Vuelo” – May 2016
  • Zions Bank Art Show – May 2016
  • Site:Brooklyn – “Landscape, a Sense of Place”  – Brooklyn, NY – May 2016
  • Core Annex – “State of Unions” – Denver, CO  – May 2016

AFILIATIONS;

  • International Society of Acrylic Painters
  • International Guild of Realism

AWARDS;

  • Emerald Art Center – Recognition Award    April 2014
  • 17th Annual ISAP International Open – Honorable Mention     July 2014
  • International Artist Magazine Wildlife Competition – Finalist      October 2014
  • Orange County Collective – Honorable Mention     February 2015
  • Tubac Center for the Arts – Merit Award  2015
  • the Artist Magazine – Annual Art Competition Honorable Mention   2015
  • Southwest Art Magazine – Excellence in Art Competition Finalist  2015
  • Tubac Center for the Arts – Excellence Award  2016
  • Core Gallery – “State of Unions” – Jurors Choice Award 2016
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY;
  • Seattle Art Dealers Association – Cover art       October 2010
  • Idaho Statesman – Best Bets for First Thursday     June 2014
  • International Artist Magazine – Wildlife Art Challenge           Oct/Nov 2014
  • The Artist Magazine – back cover, Incite 2 advertisement       November 2014
  • Southwest Art Magazine – Incite 2 review      December 2014
  • Incite 2, Color Passions – published by Northlight Books 2014
  • Acrylic Works 2, The Best of Acrylic Painting  – published by Northlight Books 2015
  • Southwest Art Magazine – Editor’s choice for up-and-coming talent     March 2015
  • Incite 3, The Art of Storytelling –published by Northlight Books 2015
  • American Art Collector – Editorial for IGOR Show  September 2015
  • International Artist Magazine – multi page feature article / Cover art   Oct/Nov 2014
  • the Artist Magazine – Competition Spotlight,   December 2015
  • Southwest Art Magazine – Excellence in Art editorial, December 2015
  • Boise Weekly – Cover art, December 2015
  • Acrylic Works 3, The best of Acrylic Painting – published by Northlight Books 2016