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J. Roman Andrus

James Roman Andrus was born in St. George, Utah in 1907. He was a painter, printmaker, and educator.  He died in Provo, Utah in 1993. 

Andrus studied at the Otis Art Institute with Eduard Vysekal and Roscoe Shrader from 1934 to 1939.  He received a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in 1942 and a masters degree from BYU in 1943.  He studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center in the summer of 1943.  In 1950 he studied at the Art Students League in New York.  He received his Ed.D.from the University of Colorado in 1958. 

In 1940 Andrus joined the art department faculty at Brigham Young University as an instructor of painting.  He remained in that position until 1943.  He was an assistant professor of painting and printmaking from 1950 to 1953 followed his appointment as professor of art from 1958 to 1974.  He was named professor emeritus in 1974.  He founded the university's printmaking department. 

The overpowering interest in Andrus's work is in the interplay of color and rhythm.  His work is characterized by expressionistic landscapes with undulating motion and fauvist color. Although he paints portraits, he is best known for landscapes such as  Cadmium Crest  (1964) and  Peaks and Passes  (1971).   Sunrise Peak  (1972) is one of his lithographs. Andrus won the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts Purchase Prize in 1945 and 1950. His work was exhibited at Brigham Young University from 1940 to 1942, and at the Springville Museum of Art from 1939 until 1946.

No additional biography.

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, April 22, 1990. 
"Artist And Educator Roman Andrus Dies." The Deseret News, June 27, 1993. 
"Rewriting the Book on Utah Art; Rewriting The Book On Utah Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 4, 1998. 
"Utah Landscapes Grace Springville Gallery." The Deseret News, November 12, 1989.

Books

Davenport, Ray. Davenport 's Art Reference. Ventura, CA: Davenport's Art Reference, 2001.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson, ed. The Artists Bluebook: 29,000 North American Artists. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2003.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art: Compiled from the Original Thirty-four Volumes of American Art Annual--Who's Who in Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985.

Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California, 1786-1940. San Francisco, CA: Hughes Pub. CO, 1986.

Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists, International-Biographical; Including Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Engravers and Etchers of the Past and the Present. New York, NY: P. Smith, 1948.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, 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. Utah Art, Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.

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

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