Friday, October 16, 2009

Bryce Widom - The 1000 Views of God


 Return To Zero by Bryce Widom
mixed media

Bryce Widom was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in both Colorado and Alaska. His parents were professional artists who always returned from work with armfuls of recycled paper and he had no lack of inspiration or material to draw on. He won awards and recognition for his artwork throughout his childhood, but when planning his collegiate future, he focused on architecture and then physics before majoring in both psychology and creative writing. Years later while cooking and waiting tables in a brewpub, Bryce stepped into the role of chalk artist for the pub's chalkboard menus. Soon local bands were commissioning Bryce to create illustrated posters, shirt designs, and album covers and he was able to devote his full attention to illustration, design, and fine art. Bryce's current project 1000 Views of God spans one thousand paintings, with a projected completion date of 2013.

" I’ve long admired such collections as “Thirty Six Views of Mt. Fuji” (by both Hiroshige and Hokusai, in the 1800’s), and the more extensive “One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji” (Hokusai). In the past, when I’ve committed myself to an art project defined by similarly strict parameters, I’ve always been floored by the swell of creativity that rushes forth to fill the container.

By painting 1000 Views of God, I’m consciously marrying my work as an artist with my spiritual path. Each painting becomes a meditation, a prayer, a moment of turning all my attention toward the divine with an open body, mind, and heart.

In this exploration, no subject is off-limits, for there is no limit to the domain of the divine. This includes both the “shadow” terrain of my inner landscape, as well as the brightest aspects of Spirit." - Bryce Widom

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