B i o g r a p h y
Dan Bodelson has a remarkable talent in working a diverse range of media, subject matter and style. Dan spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, NM, He went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his advertising career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived ever sense. There, he has devoted his artistic talents in telling visual stories of the West and painting its landscape and people.
Dan’s subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, subtle landscapes, scenes of past and present from cowboy life, to delicate still life's. Dan's imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him.
Dan and his family, wife Patty, and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle travel quite a bit and Dan has painted on most all these trips, completing paintings from the Bahamas, BVI's, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.
Dan’s work is found in many outstanding private and corporate collections that include the state of New Mexico, Allied Bank of Houston, Plains Capital Bank, Texas, Avis Industrial Corp., Indiana, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, former governor’s Bruce King of New Mexico and Frank Keating of Oklahoma, Amblin Corp. and director Steven Spielberg, composer John Williams and his wife Samantha, pitcher Nolan Ryan, actors Amy Irving, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffin and others.
His work has been shown from New York to Los Angles at places such as The Art League of New York (special award for painting), The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Ok. The Autry Museum in Los Angles, CA., Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection), The New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM., Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum, The Haley Library in Midland Texas, The Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver CO., and the Eiteljorg Museum Quest For The West show.
He has been featured in select publications including The New York Times, Business Week, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Colorado Cowboy, The Santa Fean, Cowboys & Indians, the book Contemporary Western Artists and others. One of his paintings was selected for the Santa Fe Opera poster.
Since the early 1970’s, Dan has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows. He also has a select few support organization like The Children Museum, Santa Fe, and The Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, that he donates his art for their fund raising efforts.