Oil painting of a rocky landscape

By Joshua Been
24 x 48 in.
Oil on linen

During the 13th annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, 25 plein air artists from around the country will gather at Grand Canyon National Park to face the challenges the canyon presents to those who attempt to capture its beauty, its vastness, and its ever-changing light and weather patterns on canvas. During Plein Air at Grand Canyon from September 11th through September 18th, visitors can watch the artists at work, painting along the park’s South Rim.

This year the event includes Colorado artist Joshua Been.

Joshua Been has been drawing since he could manage a pencil. After starting his career as an artist in the animation field, he discovered plein air painting. He has painted at the Canyon for many years, participating since the first Celebration of Art. In 2018, he won both the People’s Choice award and the Artists’ Choice award.

All of the participating Celebration of Art artists submit a Grand Canyon themed studio painting prior to the event. Of this year’s studio painting, “Unplugged” (24 x 48 in., oil on linen), Been says:

“There is nothing quite like the opportunity to disengage from all modern tech, and life’s daily distractions, in order to adventure through 270 river miles of once horizontally laid down layers of rock, some spanning several million-year erosion epochs, now upturned, uplifted, and churned by unfathomable geologic powers, unplugged!”

Beginning September 19, 2021 through January 17, 2022, the work of this accomplished artist will be exhibited and available for purchase at Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park or online at: www.grandcanyon.org/events/celebration-of-art/

For more information contact Kathy Duley at [email protected] or 480-277-0458.