Artist Trent Gudmundsen - Brennen Fine Art Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ
 

About Trent Gudmundsen

Trent Gudmundsen


Biography

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, and upon finding that his own goals differed from the opportunities available there, left early to paint on his own. 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), ...the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society's "Best of America" Exhibit (2019)... ...and in publications in books and magazines including Southwest Art as both a "21 Under 31" artist in 2003, and with a full-length feature in August 2010. The artist's mostly-figurative paintings balance traditional elements and themes with 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. Trent and his wife Lorajean and their 5 children live and make art near the Utah-Idaho border.


ART ORGANIZATION AFFILIATIONS:

  • Oil Painters of America
  • National Impressionist Society
  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society


SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS:
 

  •  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 category. 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.


NOTABLE COLLECTIONS:

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 tall x 72-foot wide mural (plus 4 smaller works) commissioned in 2009.