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Clyde Aspevig (American, b.1951)

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Birth Place: Rudyard, MT, US

Biography:

Who is painter Clyde Aspevig?

Clyde Aspevig is a scenic landscape painter whose work mainly focuses on his native state of Montana. Inspired by American realists like Winslow Homer, his paintings have brought him wide acclaim from some unlikely places. He had an exhibition at the Grand Central Gallery in New York City -- the first Montana artist since Charlie Russell to receive such an honor. It’s rare for a nature artist to cross over into the New York art scene, but Aspevig is no ordinary artist.

He has received the Frederic Remington Award, the Robert M. Lougheed Memorial Award and is a member of the Northwest Rendevous Group -- a contemporary western painter group based out of Wyoming. He has taught art on the high school level, mostly at Sandy Union High School in Sandy, Oregon during the 1970s. He spends most of his time in the outdoors, preferring to soak up the inspiration of the landscape and native fauna around him. 

What kind of art does Clyde Aspevig make?

Clyde Aspevig paints landscapes of the American West. While he isn’t strictly an American Realist, he was motivated by many of those 20th-century artists who came before him. He lists John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Winslow Homer amongst his inspirations. Aspevig is known for his mastery of color and light, his mountainous landscapes embued with great drama and majesty. To date, he has highlighted a number of areas in the American West that are oft overlooked by other landscape artists, like the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. He has little formal training, instead choosing to focus on the technique of artists he admires and finding inspiration in their work. 

How did painter Clyde Aspevig get started?

Clyde Aspevig has little formal painting training. Growing up in Montana, the young Aspevig found a natural union between his artistic nature and the landscape around him. At eleven, he fell off a horse and broke his leg. This seemingly chance occurrence allowed him to study painting with his uncle during his recovery, Roald Haaland, himself an amateur oil painter and landscape enthusiast. In the late 1960s, Aspevig moved to Billings where he majored in art at Eastern Montana College. He ended up with a degree in education. After a few years teaching part-time in Sandy, Oregon he moved back to Montana so he could paint full time. His paintings began to receive major attention in the late 1970s and 1980s, culminating with a show at the Grand Central Gallery in New York City.

How much are Clyde Aspevig paintings worth?

Clyde Aspevig’s paintings are usually worth tens of thousands of dollars, but on the high-end can trend toward the hundreds of thousands. The mix of commercial appeal and technique gives Aspevig a unique place in the landscape painting community. As such, his highest sale at auction was $110,300 for the piece Lightning Dance (date not given) on June 7th, 2013. He has one other piece which sold for a similar amount, his famed painting, The Canadian Rockies, which sold for $109,250 on March 31st, 2012. 

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