BOB WYGANT (1927 – 2008)
Bob Wygant held a special place in Texas and in the Western heritage he painted throughout his career. A quiet man of immense talent, his paintings came from his heart as much as from his brush. Breath-taking in his detailed and realistic approach, his images make time stand still…creating memories that offer the viewer a glimpse into a rich past that is relived through the artist’s paintings. Wygant had said, "I am interested in establishing a mood in my paintings and not a meaning. It is the viewer who brings the meaning to the work.” From the romantic cowboys to the rocky landscape and picturesque rivers to the pleasures of rural life, Wygant’s paintings brought the American West to life to be enjoyed and treasured for generations.
After majoring in art at the University of Texas in Austin, he returned home to Houston to establish his career. Wygant’s first success was in commissions by some of the major oil companies in Texas. For several years, the artist worked quietly at home painting for his many clients. His images are in hundreds of homes throughout Texas and are treasured by every owner. Wygant’s growing reputation resulted in the University of Houston offering him a teaching position, where he inspired multitudes of students for 16 years. The artist also worked with the internationally-famous Houston Livestock Show in judging students’ art and awarding scholarships…a way to give something back to the community.
Bob Wygant’s magical use of acrylics earned him a reputation as a master of this medium. His paintings are vibrant, colorful scenes that allow the viewer to participate in the mood and emotion emanating from his subjects. He was always driven to relay his love of the Western landscape and the many memories of the quiet, rural life through his paint brush.
Wygant passed away in 2008 after living for many years with his wife, Alla, in a small community north of Houston. He enjoyed a relaxed, rural life among the simple pleasures that he always loved to paint. Wygant, the man, and his outstanding talent will always be held in high esteem by the Western art world, which he so greatly influenced in his own, quiet way.
Bob Wygant was such a revered figure with such a unique style in his genre that every painting he created is in a private or corporate collection and unavailable to the public.