Alaska mourned the loss of our treasured artist, Byron Birdsall, in December, 2016. He and his art have brightened the Art Shop Gallery for over 20 years. We plan to continue to share his work with our customers for as long as possible.
The watercolor paintings of Byron Birdsall are distillations of reality, scenes reduced to their basics with the integrity of the subject undiminished. In Birdsall's hands, light takes on a thousand forms, whether inspired by the relentless vertical rays of the East African coast, a hazy palpable dawn over Samoa, or the silent light of the winter Northland that illuminates but does not warm. It is this essential aspect of light that is at the heart of Birdsall's art.
Byron Birdsall's paintings are included in the collections of a number of museums and public institutions, hang in corporate board rooms and atriums, are owned by royalty, presidents, new fans, and loyal friends. The printing of a U.S. Postage stamp in 1992, designed by the artist and commemorating the building of the Alcan Highway, was a personal high point for Birdsall, an avid stamp collector.
In 2005 Birdsall had the honor of appointment to the American Academy in Rome where he worked and painted for three months. Over the course of his life, his art took the inveterate traveler to Italy, Jerusalem, South America, Korea, Boston, and Sakhalin Island.
Images of Kachemak Bay at the top of our website are by Byron Birdsall, Taz Tally, Ed Tussey, and Jon Van Zyle.
Where to Find Us:
Art Shop Gallery
202 W Pioneer Ave, Suite A
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907)235-7076 or
Toll Free: (800)478-7076
Open Monday through Saturday 11-5.