Thomas Nygard Gallery - 19th and 20th Century American Art




(b. 1951)

Considered by many to be the foremost representational landscape painter of our time, Clyde Aspevig has exhibited his work at many important museum and gallery shows throughout the country.  He is a recent winner of the Gold Medal at the National Academy of Western Art.


Clyde was born to Gertrude and Donald Aspevig in 1951 on a farm near Rudyard, Montana, just south of the Canadian Border.  At eleven years of age Clyde fell off a horse and severely broke his leg.  During his convalescence his uncle, Roald Haaland, an amateur painter, introduced him to oil paints.


In 1969 Clyde moved to Billings, Montana and began majoring in Art at Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University - Billings).  It is here that he began selling his first paintings, small watercolors.


After receiving his degree in Education, Clyde moved to Sandy, Oregon where he taught art at Sandy Union High School.  He soon moved back to Montana to paint full-time.  Clyde’s efforts boded well for him and success soon followed.


During the late 1970’s and 80’s Clyde began establishing a national reputation for himself.  His work was promoted through many one-man shows and prestigious awards he received.  At his Grand Central Galleries show in New York City, one of his patrons commented how wonderful it was to have “good art” in New York City again.


His deep attachment to the Western Landscape is evident in his body of work.  He spends considerable time outside communing with the landscape in order to open up his emotions to the psychological aspects of the land around him.


Many young artists are satisfied with that which has given them success.  Clyde however, continues to seek new challenges and has altered his style.  He began suggesting – not replicating – detail.  Clyde leaves in just enough to make the viewer believe in the place while leaving the rest to be developed by the power of an individual’s imagination.  He says this evokes, “a deeper response than a literal or detailed interpretation”.


His works of the Rockies, Caribbean and, as of late, Switzerland are full of passion.  We hope you will agree.  The Thomas Nygard Gallery is proud to be his friend and colleague since 1976 when he first stepped through our doors.

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Bozeman, Montana 59715

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