Grant Redden was born and raised in southwest Wyoming. When Grant was 12, his father purchased his own outfit with 5,000 Columbia ewes and 300 mother cows. The work, always a family affair, became even more intense. Horses were an integral part of his family’s operation including camp horses, pack strings in the summer, and work horses to pull camps and feed the livestock in heavy winters. Naturally, they are a major part of his art. Grant believes these animals have their own personalities and characteristics which should come out in each painting; he uses no formulas.
Grant always had the bug to paint; he naturally looked at the landscape, the animals, and the people as subjects for his creative impulse. His parents were from pioneering stock — his mother was born in a log cabin on the Henry’s Fork of the Green River in southwest Wyoming to a homesteading family and attended a one-room schoolhouse until high school. Her family was fiercely independent and self-reliant. His father’s family was among the first pioneers to settle southwest Wyoming. With this background, Grant developed a strong attachment to the land and the life and an interest in history. He feels blessed to have the chance to build his home and raise his family on 120 acres of their summer pasture land and dedicate himself to painting what he knows.
Primarily self-taught, he had the opportunity to be mentored by many generous living masters and studied the work of deceased masters such as Sorolla, Sargent, Zorn, Von Zugel, and many others.
For Grant, becoming a CAA member has been a great honor. “The CAA has a rich tradition of creating art that celebrates the Western life authentically at a quality level, requiring dedication and commitment,” he said. By attempting to measure up to the higher atmosphere in which these artists work, Grant said he has been made to stretch and step up to a higher level himself, both as an artist and as a man. “The culture in this group of artists is both demanding and nurturing,” he said, “and I’m excited for the challenge.” Grant has already lived up to these demands, winning a Gold Medal in Oil Painting for Loading the Sled and a Silver Medal in Water Solubles for High Country at the 2013 CAA show, and a Gold Medal in Oil Painting for his work Hot and Thirsty at the 2014 CAA show.
A cowboy contemplates his string like a typical man goes out and admires his 4x4 truck.
Quiet and Lonely
The only sound is the slight breeze through the sage, the flicker of lamplight, the ticking of the Big Ben clock on the shelf behind the stove.
It was the day after Christmas, the thermometer measuring about 10 below; the crunch of heavy hooves on frozen snow as the young men unharness and care for the team that pulls a ton of hay every winter day to the stock wintering on the Bear River in Wyoming.
Last Light of a Long Day
Primarily a design piece, the sunlight bathing the distance and washing a warm glow over rabbit brush, rider, and his mount, as the cool shadows creep across the foreground.