Gary Gist (1939-
Born in Oklahoma, Gary grew up surrounded by Indian
culture. His Oklahoma grandmother was a teacher at the Commanchee
County Indian School at Fort Sill and was a collector of Native
American decorative art. Gary spent his summers camping with Cherokee,
Cree and Choctaw boys on the Oklahoma prairie. At fourteen he received
a scholarship to the summer arts program at the University of Kansas
where he studied American Indian textiles.
Gary showed such an early talent for art that
his grandmother in California brought him to the West Coast immediately
after World War II and sent him to study with Vladimir Tytla, who
was then with the Walt Disney Studios. After receiving numerous
youth art awards, he began his collegiate art training at the School
of Art at the University of Oklahoma. Scholarships enabled him to
complete his BA in Art Education at The Maryland Institute of Art.
Following graduation he designed sets for stage productions, including
"The Women" and operas, including "Aida." With
the advent of color television in the early '60s NBC hired
Gary as a creative consultant in scenic design.
Feeling the need to further his fine arts education,
Gary applied for and received a Rockefeller Grant, using the money
to study at The American Academy in Paris, where he received a diploma
in Decorative Arts in 1965. Upon returning from Europe he began
his painting career in earnest and his oils (and watercolors) are
now in collections worldwide. In the 35 years involved Gary estimates
that he has painted well over 500 major oil paintings and numerous
sketches. He has recently developed a great interest in Southwestern
Art and the styles of the Taos Masters and has returned to the brighter
palette of his early career. He currently resides and paints full
time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work can also be seen at The Artery, 211 N. Main Street, Fallbrook, California.
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