Timothy David Mayhew (b. 1952), ”On Ice,” 2019, oil on linen, 16 x 20 in., collection of Christopher G. Lea

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum will soon open its 45th annual Birds in Art exhibition. A total of 510 artists from around the world submitted 830 works for the three-person jury’s consideration. In the end, only 114 artists will participate.

Timothy David Mayhew, who has been named the 2020 Master Artist and will be the focus of a solo retrospective within the larger exhibition; 22 others who have been honored as Master Artists during previous exhibitions; and 91 additional artists selected for their paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years.

All will be illustrated in the 134-page catalogue that accompanies the show.

Mayhew was first selected to exhibit in Birds in Art in 2010 and has been juried in nine times since. He is well known internationally for researching and reviving various Old Master techniques, including the natural, quarried chalks that many Renaissance artists used to draw. Every year Mayhew embarks upon intensive study of a new bird or mammal species, a passion he refined while studying with the master animal painter Bob Kuhn (1920–2007). His sensitive treatment of landscape captured in plein air stems in part from subsequent studies with Clyde Aspevig and Matt Smith. Today Mayhew runs the Atelier Cedar Ridge in Farmington, New Mexico.

Walter T. Matia (b. 1953), ”No Country for Old Frogs,” 2018, bronze (edition of 10), 41 x 18 x 14 in., collection of the artist; photo: QuickSilver, Takoma Park, Maryland

Event Details: “Birds in Art”
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Wausau, Wisconsin
On view through November 29, 2020

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