Curtis Olson

Curtis Olson

, United States

About Curtis Olson

Curtis Olson’s mixed media artwork recalls quiet vistas of the American west. In his interpretations of landscapes, textural planes of color hint at fields, horizons, and skies, or are broken into soothing geometries. He frequently incorporates his own stark photography, which points away from traditional “post card” imagery, and looks instead toward the simple silos, gates, and barns that reflect the particular vernacular of the area where he shoots each image. In his photography Olson captures the final holdouts of the rapidly disappearing old west. The work frequently incorporates wood or patinaed metal, the metal riveted and rustic and looking as if it has perhaps just been pulled from the structures featured in Olson’s photography. The resulting abstracted landscapes create a distinct feeling of place– with the colors, textures, and photography working to create contemporary work that retains a memory of the past.


2002-2004 -Painting Workshops: Jeremy Morgan of San Francisco Art Institute
1988-2002 - University of California at Berkeley
Fine Art / Painting Courses
1984 - University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(University of Maryland at College Park – exchange program)
Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Graphic Design


His work is both in public and private collections:
Nicolaysen Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Wyoming State Museum
Jim Henson Company
Hinkle Charitable Foundation
Mark Burnett Productions
Entertainment Tonight
Fox News


Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2014 - "Mandalas" J GO Gallery; Park City, Utah
2013- "Antikythera" J GO Gallery; Park City, Utah
2012 - "Selected Works" Aqua Art Fair, New York, New York
2012 - "Mapping Sentinels" J GO Gallery; Park City, Utah
2007 -“Earth & Sky” Phoenix Gallery; Park City, Utah
2006 -“Art + Film” Jackson Hole Film Festival, Meyer-Milagros Gallery; Jackson, Wyoming
2006 -Faults, Sins and Dirt” Phoenix Gallery; Park City, Utah
2005 -“Terra Incognita” Walker Fine Art; Denver, Colorado
2004 -“Curtis Olson: New Work” Phoenix Gallery; Park City, Utah
2004 -"New Work: Private Devotionals” The Muse Gallery of Fine Art; Jackson, Wyoming
2003-“Landscape Memories” Chrome Gallery; Jackson, Wyoming
2002 -“Landscape Memories” Down Home; Jackson, Wyoming
2001-“Myths, Martyrs and Memories, part 2” Down Home; Jackson, Wyoming
2001 - “Myths, Martyrs and Memories” Betty Rock; Jackson, Wyoming