Dan Bodelson Biography

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Dan Bodelson has a remarkable talent in working a diverse range of media, subject matter and style. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949 and spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. He graduated high school in Santa Fe, NM then Dan went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his advertising career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has remained. There, he has devoted his artistic talents in telling visual stories of the West and painting it’s landscape and people. Dan’s subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, subtle landscapes, scenes of past and present cowboy life, and delicate still life’s. Dan’s imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him. Dan and his family, wife Patty and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle, travel extensively and Dan has painted on most all these trips, completing paintings from Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.

Since the early 1970’s, Dan has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows. He also has a select few support organization like The Children Museum, Santa Fe, and The Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, that he donates his art for their fund raising efforts.

Dan’s work can be seen at McLarry Fine Art in Santa Fe New Mexico.

California College of Arts, San Fransisco, CA

State of New Mexico

Allied Bank of Houston

Plains Capital Bank, Texas

Avis Industrial Corp., Indiana

Bank of America

Wells Fargo Bank

Former governor Bruce King of New Mexico

Frank Keating of Oklahoma

Amblin Corp.

Steven Spielberg

John and Samantha Williams (Composer)

Nolan Ryan (Pitcher)

Amy Irving (Actor)

Don Johnson and Melanie Griffin (Actor)

The New York Times

Business Week

Art of the West

Southwest Art

Colorado Cowboy

The Santa Fean

Cowboys and Indians

Contemporary Western Artists

Santa Fe Opera poster

The Art League of New York (special award for painting)

The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Ok

The Autry Museum in Los Angles, CA.

Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico

Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection)

The New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM.

Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum

The Haley Library in Midland Texas

The Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver, CO

Eiteljorg Museum Quest For The West show