21 and 31: Meet 21 Young Artists with Promising Careers

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21 and 31: Meet 21 Young Artists with Promising Careers


SPECIAL MILLENNIUM SERIES IN THIS MONTH'S MILLENNIUM SERIES WE INTRODUCE YOU TO 21 artists under the age of 31-an exciting survey of the next generation of western American artists. Talented and dedicated to their careers, these twenty- and thirty-somethings are beginning to make their mark in the art world, attracting the attention of galleries and collectors across the country. Judging by these examples, the future of western art looks bright.

Mike Malm

Wellsville, UT

Born: Salt Lake City, UT, 1972.

Education: Dixie College and Southern Utah University; received his master of fine arts degree from Utah State University in 1998.

Style of work: Interpretive, impressionistic paintings of figures, still lifes, and landscapes.

First art sale: "In high school I did a commission drawing of this lady and her family for $50. It was the first time I made money off my art and it was kind of exciting."

First art memory: Drawing in first grade. "Our teacher would put a picture on the board, and we had to write sentences about it and then draw it I remember copying the picture and thinking that I really enjoyed it I've been drawing ever since."

Second-choice career: Art collector. "I love art so much that if I couldn't paint I would do something where I'd make a lot of money so I could buy a lot of art"

Favorite artist: John Singer Sargent "I saw an exhibition of his paintings last year. I've always admired his work, but seeing them in person was even more impressive."

Favorite subject: "I enjoy painting the figure. There's so much emotion that you can get from just a simple gesture."

Other passions: Shooting hoops with his 3-year-old son.

Fantasy art trip: "I'd love to take a month off and paint in Europe and be surrounded by all the history and architecture."

Favorite studio music: Anything from talk radio to classical to rock.

Best advice received: Paint "To get better you just need to do it Paint as much as you can and paint from life. It helps you learn the value of color and to trust your eyes."

Next big goal: "I'd like to have every painting in a show be strong enough to sell."

Creative spark: Other artists. "I'm a big collector of art books and magazines, and I get really inspired by the masters. Looking at their work regenerates me and gets me excited to paint"

Price range: $650-- $4,500.

Galleries: Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Park City, UT, and Santa Fe, NM; D.E. Craghead Fine Art Gallery, Carmel, CA; Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA.

Gabor Svagrik

Lake Zurich, IL

Born: Szeged, Hungary, 1970.

Education: American Academy of Art, Chicago.

Style of work: Realistic, impressionistic landscapes, figures, and still lifes.

First art sale: A watercolor of an American Indian painted in an American Academy of Art class.

First artwork: Helping his grandmother paint decorative plates. "She'd let me do small flowers on the plates. To this day, the smell of turpentine always reminds me of her studio."

Favorite artist: Matt Smith. "I really admire his work, and I like his philosophy-there's no fuss and muss, no tricks. That's the way I think, too."

Favorite subject: The West.

Other passions: Fishing, reading art books, being outdoors.

Favorite studio music: Talk radio, classical, blues.

Best advice received: There's no easy way to the top, and don't be afraid of making mistakes.

Next big goal: "I believe things happen for a reason, so I really don't have any goals for the future. I just try to do my best all the time."

Creative spark: Studying the work of other artists. "I like reading art books, and I'll often go back through books and magazines to study paintings that I like. That gives me ideas for my own work."

Price range: $650-$2,500.

Galleries: Gallery Americana, Carmel, CA; Mountain Trails Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, and Jackson, WY; Ottinger Gallery, Chicago, IL; Long Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; Palette and Chisel Gallery, Galena, IL; Scotch Mist Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Jan Wilson Gallery, Ketchum, ID. …

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