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Boyd Reese

Boyd Reese was born in Ogden, Utah September 14, 1932. Reese was a largely self taught genre painter. He passed away in 1990.

Reese listed his educational experience as "Ogden Utah Public Schools; U.S. Army; and Veterans Administration Center at Leavenworth, Kansas with Derwood Elliot of the Kansas City Art Institute." But perhaps another Reese resume statement is more telling:

"[He is an] artist who had loved art, literature, and alcohol in equal amounts...As he has battled with his own personal demons, he has channeled his creative resources to advocate awareness of the ...'street people, unemployed people, welfare people, disinherited, disenfranchised, unemployable, and emotionally ill.'"

This bold and very creative genre painter allowed alcohol to eventually claim his life.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

This self taught artist was born in Ogden. He listed his educational experience as "Ogden Utah Public Schools; U.S. Army; and Veterans Administration Center at Leavenworth, Kansas with Derwood Elliot of the Kansas City Art Institute." But perhaps another Reese resume statement is more telling: "[He is an] artist who had loved art, literature, and alcohol in equal amounts...As he has battled with his own personal demons, he has channeled his creative resources to advocate awareness of the ...'street people, unemployed people, welfare people, disinherited, disenfranchised, unemployable, and emotionally ill.'" This bold and very creative genre painter allowed alcohol to eventually claim his life.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah

Newspaper Article

"Death: Boyd W. Reese." The Deseret News, November 29, 1990.

Books

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie Rogers, Janie. 150 Year Survey, Utah Art, Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

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