Grant William Thye
Early Morning Autumn, 2014
40” x 40”
Oil on canvas
Grant William Thye is an Iowa and Chicago based artist who grew up on his family’s farm in Grundy Center, Iowa. He studied at Central College in Pella, Iowa and he did his post graduate work at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University. Grant exhibits his work throughout the United States, including in recent solo shows at Central College and the Dubuque Museum of Art. His work has been published in books and used in ad campaigns, and it is a part of many private, corporate, and college art collections, and was recently added to the permanent collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
Grant’s work focuses on the Midwest landscape; he considers how the land changes in different light and weather conditions, he is inspired by the native plants, farms, and gently rolling hills, and as we can see in Early Morning Autumn, he reveals the beauty and power of the Midwestern sky. Grant writes that his work has “a certain reflective, dreamlike quality. I believe this comes from not only the cartoons, comics, and story books of my childhood, but also working, in large part, from memory. I believe this allows the viewer to form a more immediate recollection, and ultimately a much stronger connection, as if it were taken directly from their own memory banks.”
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