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Vince J. Bodily

(1955 - )

Bodily’s notion to become an artist came early in Iona, Idaho. A junior high school art instructor introduced him to head drawing and taught excellent life drawing practices throughout high school. He started painting. Concurrently, the artist discovered and experimented with Cubism and Surrealism. The Idaho Falls Public Library and a family encyclopedia infused him with an ongoing passion for studying artists. Salvador Dalí, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, and Charles M. Russell were early inspirations. University studies opened the artist’s vision to more artists. His vision became both figurative and contemporary. The essential vision was to somehow marry Modernism and the Renaissance, retaining figuration, while innovating tradition with new ideas. When these ideas worked together, he called this a “concept”—a set of ideas that worked together. Life drawing was a key experience, where figuration responded to ideas and process. Following his vision, Bodily earned a BFA in Printmaking at Utah State University and an MFA in Drawing at Brigham Young University. The MFA qualified him to teach art in higher education, where he could imbed himself into an artists’ community to foster art and learning. During and after his education Bodily worked as an illustrator for about ten years. In 1989, Bodily began teaching at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. Here, he experienced the transition from a junior college to BYU- Idaho, a university, where he taught art theory, drawing and painting until retirement in 2018. As a life-long learner, Bodily believes workshops with outstanding painters profoundly enriched his art education. He had key workshops with the following artists: Bill Whitaker, Joseph Mugnaini, Dominic Cretara, Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, and Steve Huston. After decades of teaching and painting, Bodily continues to paint and write about art.

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