Trent Gudmundsen (born 1978 in California, USA) grew up in a small Utah farming community where he began oil painting at the age of 14. He later attended college on a full-tuition art scholarship, but the artist frequently found himself painting in the nearby fields and canyons instead of attending his classes because he “learned so much more by just painting.” …but the experience yielded one lasting result: the artist, bored of his classes, decided to paint quick studies of the people around him, and quickly found that he was quite good at painting people. Trent soon left school to paint on his own and thereafter moved to Colorado where he met and married Lorajean. That same year, Southwest Art magazine recognized Trent’s potential in their annual “21 Under 31” article. (Later, the magazine would feature Trent in a 6-page feature [in August 2010]).
Trent’s work has now been recognized with top awards on a national level including at the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition (NY, NY. 2019), two Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions (2003 & 2009), and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society’s “Best of America” Exhibit (2019).
Inspired largely by European and Soviet impressionists and realists, Gudmundsen’s paintings are traditional in theme but painted in what amounts to be a very contemporary approach, often simplifying parts of the painting down to just graphic blocks of color, and other times by subduing and “de-constructing” the edges of figures until they almost meld with the background. Unlike some contemporary works that seek to temporarily ‘wow’ the viewer with garish colors and gimmicky methods, Gudmundsen’s work seeks to be both accurate and subdued while also tantalizing the viewer with a reserved amount of implied texture and thick brushwork, a combination that yields works of art that become more and more visually gratifying the more they’re viewed and lived with.
Trent’s never-ending artistic goal is to say more and more with each painting while giving the viewer more and more opportunities to fill in the rest of the visual story on their own. In that way, Gudmundsen’s works are suggestions for the viewer to remember or create an experience unique and important to them.
Trent and Lorajean and their 5 children live in their hand-build stone farmhouse near Preston, Idaho.
Through my journey as an artist I have found that a painting is more than the subject itself; it is also more than the paint itself; it is a balance between the two, like letting both the dancers and the music create a ballet. The paint takes the stage here and the figure there, all, in turn, creating an exchange that only a painting can, and it is marvelous. Each painting has its own personality and it is exciting to watch it unfold. Many times the painting has its own ideas and I simply have to step out of the way and let it dictate, questioning nothing.
* 2020. “1st Place”. Boldbrush online art competition. December 2020.
* 2020. “Honorable Mention”. National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society. Small Works Showcase. St. Augustine, FL.
* 2020. Two paintings accepted. Spring Salon (Fall Edition). Springville Museum of Art. Springville, UT.
* 2020. “First Place Oil”. Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show. St. George, UT.
* 2019. “Best Narrative”. National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society. Fall Online International Exhibit.
* 2019. “Runner-up”. Salon D’Autumne. Logan Fine Art Gallery. Logan, UT.
* 2019. “FASO (Lifetime Website Hosting) Award of Excellence”. American Impressionist Society. National Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club. NYC, NY.
* 2019. “Most Original”. National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society. National “Best of America” Exhibit. Park City, UT.
* 2019. “Award of Excellence”. National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society. Spring Online International Exhibit.
* 2019. “Honorable Mention”. Oil Painters of America, Summer Online Showcase.
* 2019. “Honorable Mention”. Oil Painters of America, Spring Online Showcase.
* 2018. “Honorable Mention”. Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Showcase.
* 2018. Painting accepted in the LDS International Church Art Competition. Salt Lake City, UT.
* 2016. “3rd place painting”. Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City Museum, UT.
* 2016. “2nd place painting”. Logan Summerfest Plein-Air Competition. Logan, UT.
* 2015. “1st Place painting”. Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City Museum, UT.
* 2014. “1st Place”. Salon D’Autumne. Logan, UT.
* 2013. “2nd Place”. Utah Plein-Air. Brigham City, UT.
* 2012. Painting accepted in the LDS International Church Art Competition. Salt Lake City, UT.
* 2011. “Grand Prize – Purchase Award”. Pioneer Art Festival plein-air painting contest. Salt Lake City, UT.
* 2011. “2nd Place”. Outdoorpainter.com — bi-monthly national online contest. May/June. Juried by Curt Walters.
* 2010. “Merit Award”. Springville Museum of Art: Spring Salon (Springville, UT).
* 2010. Finalist in portrait/figure category. “The Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition”.
* 2010. “Honorable Mention” Award. Dixie State College – Sears Invitational Art Show. Dixie State College; St. George, UT.
* 2010. “3rd Place”. Logan Summerfest Plein Air Painting Contest. Logan, UT.
* 2009. “Honorable Mention” Award. Dixie State College – Sears Invitational Art Show. Dixie State College; St. George, UT.
* 2009. “Award of Excellence”. Eighteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition. Oil Painters of America.
* 2009. Painting accepted in the LDS International Church Art Competition. Salt Lake City, UT.
* 2008. “2nd Place Oil”. 5th Annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show. Southern Virginia University.
* 2007. Top 100. Paint the Parks.
* 2007-11. Finalist. RayMar Art – Painting Competition. 2007, 2009/10, 2010/11.
* 2004. “Top 200”. Arts for the Parks. Jackson, WY.
* 2004. “First Place-Oil”, Outlaw Trail Museum–Juried Art Show. (Vernal, UT).
* 2003. “Award of Excellence”. Twelfth Annual National Juried Exhibition. Oil Painters of America.
* 2003. “Honorable Mention”. Northern Colorado Artist Association National Show. Fort Collins, CO.
* 2001. “Best of Show,” and “First Place-Oil”, Outlaw Trail Museum–Juried Art Show. (Vernal, UT)
* 1996. “Scholarship Winner”. Sterling Scholar Program. Fine Art cagetory. Northeast Region. Utah.
* 1996. Two “Awards of Merit”. Springville Museum of Art–High School Juried Art Show. (Springville, UT)
* 1995. “First Place”. National Geographic Society/Wyland Art Galleries: Marine Art Contest. (Laguna Beach, CA)
SELECT PRESS & PUBLICATIONS:
* Southwest Art. “Focusing on Figures”. November 2010 issue, (page 56).
* Southwest Art. “Moments in Time” (feature article written by Mark Mussari). August 2010 issue, (pages 84-89).
* Southwest Art. “21 Under 31”. September 2003 Issue. (see inset photo, or below on mobile device)
* Southwest Art. “Best of the West”. April 2010 issue, (page 26).
* Southwest Art. “Simply Divine”. September 2009 issue, (page 20).
* My Dear Sisters (book), by Gordon B. Hinckley. Published by Covenant Communications. 2008. (2 full-page paintings included).
* The Art of Motherhood (book). Published by Covenant Communications. 2013. (2 full-page paintings included).
* Cowboys & Indians Magazine. Included in “Emerging Artists” article. January 2004 issue.
* Ensign magazine. 2000, 2004, 2007.
* Informed Collector. Featured Artist. 2009, 2010.
* The Herald Journal. (Logan, UT). 2009.
* Cache Magazine. (Cache Valley, UT). 2003, 2005.
* Private collection of Glenn Beck, TV/radio personality.
* J.M. Smuckers Corporation. Painting commissioned in 2016.
* American West Heritage Center. Wellsville, Utah. A 10-foot x 72-foot mural (plus 4 smaller works) commissioned in 2009.