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Kent R. Wallis

Kent Wallis was born in Ogden, Utah in 1945. Having begun his career as a businessman, he is now a traditional landscape painter of Utah forests and rivers. He has lived in Logan, Utah since 1975.

Wallis earned an MBA from Utah State University in the mid-1960s. Although he is largely self-taught, he received additional training from painting workshops and studied at the Art Students League in New York. In 1975 he became a full-time artist who paints colorful views of towns and landscapes. His landscapes blend romantic realism with impressionism.

Wallis is a member of the Society of American Impressionists, the Plein Air Painters of America, and the Northern California of Plein Air Painters. Examples of his work include Neighborhood Lane (1997) and Cottage Among the Flowers.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Born in Ogden, this talented painter began as a businessman with an increasing interest in the artist's life and pursuits. Having earned a degree in business from utah State University in the mid- 1960s, he moved to Akron, Ohio, and afterward took a job with B.F. Goodrich. Self-taught as a painter, Wallis also became involved in workshops here and there along the way, especially one at the Art Students League in New York, conducted by Gustav Reahberger; then in 1975, he opted for a career as a full-time professional artist.

Today, Kent R. Wallis is a Logan resident and a fine impressionist painter whose lush vegetation-filled townscape and landscape scenes in oil on canvas are shown locally (Salt Lake's Southam Gallery, etc.) and nationally. Kent and Laureen Wallis are the parents of Eric Kent Wallis (q.v.) Scott Wallis (q.v.) is Kent's brother. (b. Janurary 10)

Biography courtesy of The Springville Museum of Art.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Calendar." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 26, 1995.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, May 14, 1989.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, November 10, 1991.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, October 25, 1992.

"Art Circles Know Southern Utah Frame Shop can Shape and Ship any Masterpiece." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 22, 1992.

"Caption Only: Main Street Gallery." The Deseret News, December 7, 2003.

"Coming Up: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 12, 1995.

"Coming Up: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 2, 2000.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, October 30, 1994.

"Galleries Going Strong in August Tivoli Expanding Works to Include Quilts, Antiques." The Deseret News, August 20, 1989.

"Galleries Adding Color to Old Mining Town." The Deseret News, July 23, 2000.

"Gallery Exhibits Offer Wide Array of Artwork to Suit any Pleasure." The Deseret News, June 4, 1989.

"Gallery is an Oasis for Utah Artists from Bronzes to Oils, Head to California for State Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 22, 1994.

"Gallery Stroll May be Lucky Day." The Deseret News, October 8, 1989.

"Negative Campaigns." The Deseret News, March 13, 1990.

"New Galleries are Facing a Landscape of Uncertainty." The Deseret News, July 25, 1993.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, June 27, 2004.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, November 20, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, November 17, 2002.

"Spring Salon Displays Vitality and Variety of Old and New Artists." The Deseret News, April 21, 1991.

"Stroll through History at Williams Art Gallery." The Deseret News, December 25, 1994.

"Stylistic Preferences Run Gamut at Galleries." The Deseret News, May 24, 1992.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 2, 2004.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 30, 1996.

"Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1993.

"Visual Art Calendar." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 4, 1994.

"Visual Art Calendar." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 1995.

"Wallis Inspired by Obscure 1928 Textbook Fueled by Water and Architecture." The Santa Fe New Mexican, August 30, 1996.

"What Does it take for an Art Gallery to Weather the Storm in Park City?" The Deseret News, June 6, 1991.

Books

Dunbier, Lonnie, ed. The Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ: ASKArt.com. 2003.

Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide. Marceline, MI: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2001.

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

Samuels, Peggy. Contemporary Western Artists. New York, NY: Bonanza Books. 1985.

Southwest Art. The Red Book Price Guide to Western Art. Houston, TX: Cowles Enthusiast Media, l997.

Southwest Art. Master Index of Artists & Articles Published in Southwest Art 1971-1993. Boulder, CO: Southwest Art, l993.

Southwest Art. The Red Book Price Guide to Western Art. Houston, TX: Cowles Enthusiast Media, l993.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie L. Rogers. 150 Year Survey Utah Art & Artists. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishing Co., 2002.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishing Co., 1991.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishing Co., 1997.

Periodicals

Art of the West. "What's News?" Art of the West, March 1998.

Busler, Leslie. "Art Events." Southwest Art, 29, July, 2000.

Herrin, Alice. "Contemporary Utah Artists." Southwest Art, 31, January, 2002.

Southwest Art. "Art Events-California." Southwest Art, 32, January 2003.

Southwest Art. "Art Events- Texas." Southwest Art, 32, February 2003.

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