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Gaylen Hansen has consistently put forth work that solidified his reputation as one of the nation's premier artists. Linda Hodges Gallery has exhibited his exceptional work for over 25 years.


Born in Garland, Utah, he received an MFA from the University of Southern California, and taught at Washington State University for 25 years until his retirement in 1982. Hansen has exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, and throughout the Northwest. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections in the USA, and he has received several prestigious awards, including the Flintridge Foundation Awards for Visual Artists in 2001. He was the featured subject of a two-year traveling exhibition in 2007-08, titled "Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Paintings."



BORN: 1921 Garland, Utah

1953 MFA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA1944-40 Art Barn School of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT1940-39 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV; Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI  
2008-09 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007-08 Traveling Exhibition "Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Painting," Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman WA; Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane WA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT; Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
2007 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 AVC Gallery, New York, NY; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem OR; Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2002 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000 LewAllen Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM
1999 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; Traveling exhibition, Wild Beasts, Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls, MT; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Museum of NW Art, LaConner, WA; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR
1998 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996 Hans Redmann, Berlin, Germany
1995 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1994 Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1993 Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany (catalog); Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991 Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany
1990 The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT; Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, CA
1987 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany; Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Gaylen Hansen Retrospective, Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, PA; Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1985 Gaylen Hansen Retrospective, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; University Art Museum, Pullman, WA; Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID; Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany
1983 Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY (also 1981, 1980)
1981 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Manolides Gallery, Seattle, WA (also 1977, 1976)
1980 Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
1977 Fine Arts Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (also 1975, 1972, 1967)
1972 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1967 Spokane Art Center, Spokane, WA
1966 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
1959 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Otto Seligman Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA; Century 21, Dealer's Choice, Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA; 40th Anniversary Invitational, Davis Dominquez Gallery, Tucson, AZ; "Release: The Art of Angling in the American West," Saranac Art Project, Spokane, WA
2007 "No Joke: Selections from the Pruzan Collection" Curated by Vickie Halper, Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA
2004 Seattle Perspective, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
2001 Northwest Views, Selections from the Safeco Collection, Frye Museum, Seattle, WA
2000 Bumberbiennale: Paintings 2000, Curated by Matthew Kangas, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA
1999-2000 Outward Bound, American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First Century, Meridan International Center, Washington, D.C.; Hanoi, Vietnam; Shanghai, China; Beijing, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Manila, Phillipines; Singapore; Wild Beasts: Roy De Forest and Gaylen Hansen, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
1996 Falling Timber, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
1995 Interior Idioms, Curated by Beth Sellers, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA; Inaugural Exhibition, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York , NY
1994 Humor, Frumpkin/Adams Gallery, New York, NY; Summer Group Show, Frumpkin/Adams Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Northwest Art/Narrative, Valley Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA; Microsoft Collects, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Drawings II, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1991 Northwest Tales: Contemporary Narrative Painting, Anchorage Museum of Art, Anchorage, AK (traveling exhibition)
1990 Views & Visions in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Northwest x Southwest: Exploring Painted Fictions, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
1989 Masters of the Inland Northwest, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
1987 The Inland Empire, The Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Long Beach, CA; Folk Images: The Animal Kingdom, Hippodrome Gallery, Long Beach, CA; Gone Fishing, Security Pacific Plaza, Los Angeles, CA; Animals, Art Gallery, CSU, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
1986 CSU, San Bernardino, CA
1985 The Second Western Biennial, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1984 5 Amerikanische Kunstler, Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany; Little Romances/Little Fictions, Hodges/Banks Gallery, Seattle, WA; Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; The City as Collector Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Beasties, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA (traveling exhibition)
1983 Dogs! Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (traveling exhibition); 38th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, Second Western States Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (traveling exhibition); Hassam and Speicher Fund Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1982 Beast: Animal Imagery in Recent Painting, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, PS 1, Queens, NY; Collectors Choice, Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando, FL; Four Artists from Pullman, Washington, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Flintridge Foundation Awards for Visual Arts
1989 Governors Arts Award, Washington State
1984 Sambuca Romana Prize, The New Museum, New York City

Annual Faculty Exhibit, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1952
Annual Faculty Exhibit, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1968
Annual Faculty Exhibit, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1969
The Art Collector, Republic Bank, Houston, TX, 1983
Artists of Los Angeles and Vicinity, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, 1954
Ferruli, Helen, Painting and Sculpture Today 1984, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, 1984
5 Amerikanische Kunstler, Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany, 1984
Fine Arts Faculty 1977-78, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1978
Gaylen Hansen:The Paintings of a Decade, 1975-85,  Washington State University Press and Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1985
Gaylen Hansen, Galerie Redmann, Berlin, Germany, 1991
Gildner, Gary, Wild Beasts: Roy De Forest and Gaylen Hansen, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, 1999
Glowen, Ron, Masters of the Inland Northwest, Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA, 1989
Guenther, Bruce, 50 Northwest Artists, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 1983
Hammond, Pamela, Gaylen Hansen, The Chicago Arts Club, Chicago, IL, 1990
Hays, Johanna and Gordon McConnell, Gaylen Hansen, Yellowstone Art Center, 1988
Hinson, Tom E., Contemporary Artists, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 1981
Lippard, Lucy, In Touch: Nature, Ritual and Sensuous Art from the Northwest, PCVC, Portland, OR 1976
List, Clair, The 38th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition of American Painting/Second Western States Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Mendoza, David, Pullman, Washington 99163, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA, 1977
Preble, Duane and Sarah, Artforms, Harper and Row, New York, NY, 1985
Ratcliffe, Carter, Introduction, Monique Gallery, New York, NY, 1981
Stigliano Phyllis and Janice Parente, Animals in American Art 1880s-1980s, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY 1981
Thomas, Kathleen, Gaylen Hansen, Sustained Vision, The New Museum, New York, NY, 1979
White, Peter, Gaylen Hansen, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, 1981
Gaylen Hansen, Essay by Vicki Halper, Linda Hodges Gallery in Association with University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 2001
Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Painting, Forward by Chris Bruce, Essays by Keith Wells and Gary Larson, WSU Press, Pullman, WA 2007
Allen, Lois, Loaded Images, Artweek, November 30, 1989, p. 13 (illus.)
Ament, Deloris Tarzan, Hidden in Artists Whimsy is the Menace of Real Life,Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1989
Appelo, Tim, 50 Northwest Artists, Pacific Northwest, Dec. 1983
August, Lissa, Western Artists Strut Their Stuff, People Weekly, March 14, 1983; p. 34 (illus.)
Baker, Kenneth, A Country Painter and Some Urban Artists, San Francisco Chronicle,1986 (illus.)
Berger, Leslie, Visions of a New West, Washington Post, Feb. 2, 1983 (illus.)
Bierbower, June, Gaylen Hansen: Small Town WSU Artist Wins Big Apple Acclaim, WSU Hilltopics, Jan. 1982
Brady, Barbara, Review, New Art Examiner, June 1999, pp. 51-52
Burkman, Greg, Way Out West, The Stranger, May 10, 1995; p. 16 (illus.)
Campbell, R.M., Artist Presents the Spectacle of Nature, Seattle Post-Intelligence,  May 28, 1981
Chide Hassams Legacy Continues to Flower, New York Times, Nov. 27, 1983
Clemans, Gayle, "Entering the World of Gaylen Hansen," Ticket Magazine Visual Arts, Seattle Times, pg. 27, Feb. 5-11, 2010
Crane, Julianne, "Three Decades a double feature of Hansen's Best," Visual Arts, The Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA  February 15, 2007  pp. D1, D5
De Vuono, Frances, Gaylen Hansen at Linda Hodges Gallery, Artweek, June 3, 1993 (illus)
De Vuono, Frances, Gaylen Hansen at Linda Hodges Gallery, Artweek, 1999
Dike, Patricia, Artist Finds Power in Simplicity, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA, Oct. 12, 1980 (illus.)
Dyer, Carolyn Price, Compelling Dialogues, Artweek, April 5, 1990
Farr, Sheila, "Of Grasshoppers, a Farm Childhood, an Alter Ego and Revelations," Visual Arts Exhibit Guide, Ticket Magazine, Seattle Times, October 12, 2007, pp 47-48 (illus.)
Farr, Sheila,Big Fish Story,The Seattle Weekly, May 17, 1995; p. 23 (illus.)
Farr, Sheila, Wild Beasts, Seattle Times, August 5, 1999, p. 23
Federal Building Mural, Palouse Empire News, Moscow, ID, Nov. 20, 1980 (illus.)
Figures Show Fantasy, Process at Seders, Manolides, Matheson, Seattle Times, Oct. 5, 1976
Freewater, Milton, Art Access, "Sampler" October 2008, Vol. 17, Number 8, pp. 8 - 9
Flanigan, James C., Western Artists Evoke Humor, Horror of New West, Oregonian,  Portland, OR, Feb. 8, 1983
Flemming, Lee, The Corcoran Biennial/Second Western States Exhibition, Artnews,  May 1983
Finn, Charles, "The Space Between," Western Art and Architecture, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter Spring 2011 pg. 136-41
French-Frazier, Nina, A New York Letter:  Gaylen Hansen, Art International 24,  Sept./Oct. 1980, pp. 84-85 (illus.)
Fudge, Jane, The Second Western State/38th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition, Artspace:  Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly, Fall 1983 (illus.)
Glowen, Ron, A Conversation with Gaylen Hansen, Artweek, June 3, 1993, p. 17 (illus)
Glowen, Ron, Natural Selection:  Gaylen Hansen, Vanguard 10, Feb. 1981, pp. 22-27 (illus.)
Glowen, Ron, The Personal and the Regional, Artweek, 1986
Glueck, Grace, Two Biennials:  One Looking East & the Other West, New York Times,  March 27, 1983
Graves, Jen, "Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Painting," Visual Art, Review Revue, The Stranger, November 8, 2007, p. 29
Graves, Jen, "In Art News", The Stranger, October 30th, 2008, Pg. 31
Guenther, Bruce, The Eccentric and Personal Vision of Gaylen Hansen, The Arts,1986 (illus)
Hackett, Regina, Seattle P.I., "Dealer's Choice, Shift the Rules," Life and Arts, Tuesday, September 23, 2008, pp 2 - 3
Hackett, Regina, "Gaylen Hansen Charms with a Lumbering form that Cradles an Exquisite Subtlety," What's Happening Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 12. 2007, Pg. 10 (illus)
Hackett, Regina, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Seattle Galleries, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 15, 1998, p. 18 (illus)
Hackett, Regina, Time Stands Still in Hansens Grizzled West Coast Funk, SeattlePost-Intelligencer, December 6, 1996, p. 20 (illus)
Hackett, Regina, Art Review, Interior Idioms: The Idiosyncratic Art of Eastern Washington, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 3, 1995, p. 16
Hackett, Regina, In his old age, a painter finds rage, elegance and a fiery wit, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 14, 1995
Hackett, Regina, Famous NW Artist Wont Be Fenced In, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,1993 (illus)
Hackett, Regina, Two Midsummer Gallery Shows Art Worth Coming Inside to See,Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 23, 1991
Hackett, Regina, A Surrealistic Trickster Gets the Best of Old West, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1989, (illus)
Hackett, Regina, Raising a Few Hackles, Amid Shows Pleasure,Seattle Post-Intelligencer,  June 8, 1980 (illus.)
Hammond, Pamela, Gaylen Hansen, Artnews, June 1990
Heartney, Eleanor, Art in Good Company, TWA Ambassador, March 1984; p. 37 (illus.)
Henry, Gerrit, Gaylen Hansen at Monique Knowlton, Art in America, Jan. 1983; p. 145 (illus.)
Holmes, Ann, The Inside Story, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 11, 1983
Isnt This a Lovely little World Ive Made?," Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 25, 1983
Johnson, Barry, Vision of Palouse Striking and Complex, The Oregonian, 1986 (illus)
Kangas, Matthew, Little Romances/Little Fictions, Vanguard, May 1984
Kangas, Matthew, Apocalyptic Beasts, Seattle Weekly, 1989 (illus)
Kangas, Matthew, Gaylen Hansen, Art Coast, 1998 (illus)
Kangas, Matthew, A World Out of Balance, Seattle Times, 1997 (illus)
Kangas, Matthew, "Eco-Prophets," Art Ltd., July, 2008, pp 36-38 (illus)
Klein, Ellen Lee, Gaylen Hansen, Arts Magazine, Dec. 1983; pp. 35-36 (illus.)
Kinderman, Dieterich,  Dont Mistake Gaylen Hansens Art for Primitive, Idaho Statesman, May 1985 (illus.)
Larson, Kay, Talkin bout My Generation, The Village Voice, June 18-24, 1980
Nordlin, Kathi, Pick of the Week, LA Times, Aug. 20, 1982
Phillips, Deborah C., Gaylen Hansen, Artnews 81, Jan. 1982 (illus.)
Pincus, Robert L., Galleries:  La Cienega, La Times, Aug. 20, 1982
Richard, Paul, The Range of the West, Washington Post,  Feb. 2, 1983
Roth, Richard, Bright Fables of the Palouse, Pacific Northwest, Sept. 1982, pp. 22-28 (illus.)
Russell, John, Art:  Collective Paradoxes for the Summer Season, New York Times,June 20, 1980
Scozzaro, Carrie, "Painter of the Palouse," Inlander, February 15, 2007 p. 24 (illus.)
Silverthorne, Jeanne, Gaylen Hansen, Artforum, Oct. 1980 (illus.)
Smallwood, Lyn, Little Romances, Little Fiction, The Seattle Weekly, Feb., 8-14, 1984
Snow, Erin, Adventuring, mythological, playful,Reflex, June/July 1995; p. 17 (illus.)
Strenge, Robert, "Environment and Imagery" WSU Today, February 2, 2007 p. 5 (illus.)
Tarzan, Dolores, Show and Counter Show, Seattle Times, July 3, 1980 (illus.)
The Many Masks of Modern Art, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 25, 1983
Tousley, Nancy, Artists Work Linked to Frontier Tradition of Tall Tales, Calgar Herald,  Feb. 26, 1981 (illus.)
Updike, Robin, Larger Than Life, Seattle Times, November 27, 1999 (illus)
Updike, Robin, Flowers, butterflies, seed, colors: the visual rites of spring grace the galleries, Seattle Times, April 20, 1995; p. 20 (illus.)
Wagonfield, Judy, Local Art Shines in Seattle Perspective, Whats Showing, Seattle P.I., January 30, 2004, pg. 19
Wolff, Theodore F., Major American Art-NYs SoHo, Christian Science Monitor,  November 10 (illus.)

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