UNTITLED (summer), 1972
Oil on roofing paper mounted on wood panel with found steel object
39 x 48 inches
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In UNTITLED painting, the large forms in the background reference Native American carved wood motifs. The seed shape in the middle reflects his inspiration by Hindu philosophy and religion. The found steel piece is common for his works in the early 1970s. Its twisted form provides a gesture of its own at the painting's center.
MAN SPORTING AMONG HIS ANCESTORS, circa 1974
Oil on roofing paper mounted on wood panel
69 x 40 inches
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At the top of MAN SPORTING AMONG HIS ANCESTORS, Guy Anderson depicts a snake, a fish and a bird - animals of earth, sea and sky. Below that, archetypal Man is shown floating above a large white orb, gentle waves beneath it. This is Anderson's origination myth, with his signature images of the dreamily floating man and the circular orb that is both earth and egg.
UNTITLED (clouds over horizon), 1976
Oil on paper mounted on wood panel
40.25 x 85.5 inches
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Living and working in the Skagit Valley, the image in UNTITLED (above) is a familiar landscape for Anderson. The islands or mountains on the horizon line is a typical scene, but the rain-thick clouds festering above them makes for a dramatic portrayal of the Skagit landscape. While the clouds are automatic gestural painting at its most vigorous, if one looks closely, the hilltops have trees sketched on them under the brush strokes of color.