Bruce Aiken's Grand Canyon
160 pages, 11 x 12
130 illustrations
Release Date:15 Sep 2007

Bruce Aiken's Grand Canyon

By Susan Hallsten McGarry; Foreword by Senator John McCain; Introduction by James Ballinger; Other primary creator Bruce Aiken
Grand Canyon Association
As a child growing up in the concrete canyons of New York City, Bruce Aiken dreamed of someday living at the end of a long dirt road. Little did he know that this road would lead over five miles down a narrow, steep trail into the depths of another canyon--the Grand Canyon. Nor could he predict that he would live in this unlikely place for over thirty years.In a remote side canyon along a stream that ultimately flows into the Colorado River, Bruce and his wife Mary raised three children while he tended Grand Canyon National Park's precious water supply at Roaring Springs . . . and painted. Out of this intimate relationship between the artist and his muse came a body of work unparalleled in the annals of Grand Canyon landscape painters.With a style labeled by some art critics as "authoritative realism," these paintings reveal the multifaceted beauty of one of the world's most alluring wonders through the eyes of someone who can truly call it home. As Bruce says, "My main idea is to paint scenes that say, 'I was here. I saw this. This is a first-hand experience.' Grand Canyon is not only big and beautiful, it's pristine living . . . it's still wild to me."With an introduction by James Ballinger, Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, this volume showcases some of Aiken's most stunningly beautiful pieces. A must-have for anyone interested in the Grand Canyon, intrigued by the unique life of the artist, or captivated by gorgeous art.
Susan Hallsten McGarry was editor-in-chief of Southwest Art, a fine arts magazine focusing on the American West from 1979 to 1997. Currently a freelance author and curator working from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, McGarry is a consultant in McGarry Media Group, a media relations company. She is the author of Spirit of the Wild Things: The Art of Sandy Scott and West of Camelot: The Historical Paintings of Kenneth Riley. Painter Bruce Aiken lived and worked at Roaring Springs in the bottom of the Grand Canyon from 1973 to 2006. He has appeared on television many times including Good Morning America and 48 Hours. He has been featured in publications such as People magazine, Southwest Art magazine, and Arizona Highways.
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