Artist Ron Oden employs
his skills as a painter, illustrator and storyteller to
translate his eccentric, extraordinary ideas into visually
arresting artistic statements. He uses imagination in a
pure sense, to compose with an essentially pictorial logic.
Taking narrative as his subject matter, he technically and
stylistically works out compositions visually, describing
the human condition through fantastic imagery incorporating
intense graphic impact. In Dragonfly, abstraction
lurks at the heart of his female image, as her body seems
to flow with the locks of her hair into what appears to
be loose washes of translucent color. Brilliant oranges
play off cool purples as one golden eye and one bright blue
eye draw us into the scene. In Night Watcher, Oden
uses his palette of cool colors to convey mood as he lures
us into a garden seemingly fraught with good and evil.
Oden studied at El Camino College, Torrance,
CA, Cuyamacha College, El Cajon, CA, and the Art Center,
College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. He served as media graphics
instructor, University of Nevada, Reno, from 2001-2003.
Oden is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bank
of America achievement award; a first place: Best of Gannett
for a body of work; 2003 APNEC (The Associated Press), first
place, Yucca Mountain; and a room full of Best Illustration,
Nevada Press Association awards. His painting Liberty’s
Children resides in the New York State Museum and appears
in "The Little Brown Handbook," 10th edition,
Pearson Longman, publisher.