21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Wyatt LeGrand


Wyatt LeGrand, Morning Routine, oil, 20 x 24.

Wyatt LeGrand, Morning Routine, oil, 20 x 24.

Art Education: Bachelor of science in visual arts education from Indiana University.

Style: Representational.

Creative Spark: My plein-air work comes from a love of being outdoors and traveling, while much of my studio work is derived from sentimental subjects. Special people, unique interactions, and endearing locations often spur ideas. I’m pretty unproductive when searching for inspiration, so more often than not, I just pick a subject I’m interested in and paint it as much as possible, making sense of it all after the work is done.

Second-Choice Career: I would continue teaching middle-school and high-school art in my hometown. I try not to think of painting as a job. I have many interests outside of art, so any career that allows me to be a “Sunday painter” would be alright with me.

Other Passions: Teaching, traveling, and music are very important to me and big influences on my painting. I have great students, my wife and I go on regular adventures, and I play guitar in a few local bands for fun.

Mantra or Motto: It takes a big dog to weigh a ton.

Favorite Studio Music: These albums get a lot of play: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and the Band, and Zuma by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Paintings by Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Edouard Manet, Tim Kennedy, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, and Jeremy Mann.

Future Goals: Travel more, build a new studio, and teach more workshops abroad.

Price Range: $500 to $10,000.


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