Gary Byrd

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

Born in Ok­la­homa in 1952, Gary Byrd grew up the son of a vet­eri­nar­ian. The ru­ral life and its peo­ple were his re­al­ity. Trips to the West­ern Her­itage Cen­ter in Ok­la­homa City, as well as other mu­se­ums, West­ern movies and books by Zane Grey, Louis L’amour, the Hiller­mans and oth­ers in­spired his artis­tic in­stincts. A pro­fes­sional oil painter since 1992, he re­tired from the en­ergy busi­ness to de­vote his full at­ten­tion to art in 2012.

Now liv­ing in New Mex­ico, he is near all man­ner of land­scapes in the South­west. He has formed last­ing friend­ships with cow­boys, re-en­ac­tors, Na­tive Amer­i­cans and ru­ral folks who serve as his mod­els.

“I grabbed a term I like to de­scribe my art, ‘im­pres­sion­is­tic re­al­ism.’ You know what it is, but it is freer. It does not mimic a pho­to­graph and should not,” says Byrd. “Each paint­ing will usu­ally have a nar­ra­tive which in­spired my con­struc­tion of the ele­ments. I have a de­sire to avoid pop­u­lar sub­jects that sud­denly be­come the norm. They may be beau­ti­ful, but if ev­ery­one is do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar there is a need for some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent of­fered to the pub­lic.”

Byrd and his wife are col­lec­tors them­selves. “We de­vote a sig­nif­i­cant amount of in­come from my paint­ings to our grow­ing col­lec­tion of artists we love for our home,” he says.

His works have re­cently ap­peared in the Bosque Art Clas­sic, APA shows and Ari­zona Fine Art Expo. He will be show­ing in the Moun­tain Oys­ter Club Art Show and Cow­boy Clas­sics West­ern Art Show & Sale later this year.

Let the Sleep­ing Dog Lie, oil on linen, 18 x 24"

May I Call on You Again?, oil on linen, 18 x 24"

In­tro­spec­tion, oil on panel, 20 x 16”

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