Timothy David Mayhew is an award winning artist from the four corners area of New Mexico, located at the borders of Arizona, Colorado, and Utah giving him a uniquely varied environment to work in.
Mayhew's artwork has been acquired by several prestigious museums including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Harvard University Art Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He regularly receives awards and honors for his artwork including the prestigious Red Smith Award for Best in Show from the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Western Visions exhibition in 2015. The National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Trustees’ Purchase Award in 2014,
the Artistic Excellence Award from Southwest Art in 2011, and the Robert Kuhn Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art in 2010.
Mayhew and his artwork have been featured in several fine art journals including Western Art and Architecture, the Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art.
Mayhew’s notable exhibitions include the Western Visions exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the international Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show, the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Trailside Galleries’ Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, the Hilton Head Fine Art Auction, the American Art Invitational, the Evansville Museum of Art, the Settlers West Miniature Exhibition, and the Art of the Animal Kingdom. Mayhew has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 2006, and he was inducted as a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters in 2007. His undergraduate studies were done at the University of Michigan and he received a doctorate in 1978 from Wayne State University. To expand on his formal education, Mayhew studied with some of the finest living masters of art. For several years he studied with the renowned animal painter, Bob Kuhn, to learn how to depict animals in their natural environment and he studied landscape painting en plein air from Clyde Aspevig and Matt Smith.
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Three head studies of sandhill cranes
Four studies of a black-crowned night heron
In 2010 I began a series of oil paintings and drawings depicting the Grand Teton, the tallest peak in the Teton Mountain range in Western Wyoming. This project was inspired by the series of 136 woodblock prints began in 1826 by the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai, in which he depicted Mount Fuji from a variety of locations and in different seasons.
Thus far, I have completed a total of 10 paintings and drawings in my series of the Grand Teton, each featuring the mountain from different locations with various charismatic megafauna of the region interacting with it. To further this series, each year I hike up to different locations in the high country surrounding the Grand Teton well before sunrise to do the necessary field studies. While some of the artworks from this series are now in private collections, I am honored that four of them have been acquired by prestigious museums including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The oil painting, Grand Migration (oil on Belgian linen, 32 x 32 inches) in the 2018 Western Visions exhibition is the largest painting I have completed thus far in this series. It depicts the Grand Teton in the early light of a cold fall morning with several sandhill cranes flying across its face as they migrate south to winter along the Rio Grande Valley in my home state of New Mexico.