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$2,850 Untitled Abstract Landscape signed oil on canvas 22" x 28"
$3,250 Factory Town signed oil on canvas 24" x 30"
$3,700 Rolling Hills signed 1955 oil on canvas 37" x 47"
$3,850 Boats signed 1959 oil on canvas 35 x 59
$2,000 Untitled townscape (late 1930s) oil on canvas 18" x 24"
$2,750 Industrial Scene signed c. 1935 oil on canvas 18" x 22"
$5,000 On Looking Up signed, 1961 oil on canvas 68" x 48"
$300 Female Portrait (Lillian) signed 1955 graphite on paper 19" x 14"
$975 Untitled (Town scene) signed 1955 pastel 18" x 24"
$3,350 Abstract (Beaver Bay) signed oil on canvas 24" x 30"
$3,000 Farm with Cows (Still Life on back) signed oil on canvas 22" x 30"
$1,650 Beaver Bay oil on canvas unsigned 14 x 18
$975 cubist landscape signed, 1955 pastel 18" x 24"
$3,800 Colorado Saw Mill signed, 1956 oil on canvas 36" x 49"
$2,500 Central City signed, 1954 oil on canvas 26" x 36"
$400 abstract pastel signed 12 x 19
$150 Wedin Christmas Card Mother and Child block print 10" x 8"
$4,500 Untitled (abstract) signed, 1960 oil on canvas 68" x 48"
$ 1,000 abstract signed pastel 19" x 26"
SOLD Portrait of Alice oil on canvas signed, 1940 20 x 16
SOLD Wedin Christmas Card print 8.5" x 3.75"
SOLD Untitled Abstract signed 1959 oil on fiberglass 53.5" x 74"
SOLD Svolvaer, Norway signed oil on canvas 58.5" x 70.5"
SOLD Boats signed oil on canvas 32" x 36"
SOLD Palisade Hill signed 1958 26th Corcoran Biennial label on verso, 1959 oil on canvas 70" x 50"
SOLD farm in winter signed c.1925 oil on canvas 18" x 24"
SOLD Small Town signed c.1930s oil on canvas 20" x 24"
SOLD Landscape signed 1931 oil on canvas 24" x 28"
SOLD Still Life with Mandolin signed, 1952 oil on canvas 21" x 29"
SOLD Abstract Farm Scene signed, 1954 oil on canvas 24" x 30"
SOLD abstract pastel signed 20 x 26
SOLD abstract oil on canvas signed 25 x 30
SOLD Abstract (multiple boats) signed 1959 pastel 15" x 24"
SOLD Norway signed oil on canvas 58.5" x 65"
SOLD Looking Up Colorado signed oil on canvas 71.5" x 53"
SOLD Old Mining Town, Colorado signed c. 1960s oil on canvas 40" x 50"
SOLD Industrial Abstract signed pastel 12.5" x 24"
SOLD Svalvaer, Norway signed oil on canvas 29.5 x 39
SOLD Woman with Folded Hands signed 1961 oil on canvas 50" x 36"
SOLD Untitled landscape (late 1930s) oil on canvas 20" x 24"
SOLD Cowboy in Red oil/canvas signed 51" x 38"
SOLD River Town (Taylors Falls) signed c. 1946 oil on canvas 28" x 34"
SOLD Untitled (Norway Fjords) signed oil on canvas 46" x 50"
SOLD Untitled Abstract signed, 1959 oil on fiberglass 60" x 45"
SOLD North Shore Boats signed, 1958 oil on canvas 32" x 41"
SOLD Untitled oil on canvas 32" x 46"
SOLD Portrait of Lillian signed, 1950 oil/canvas 26 x 36
SOLD still life signed c1935 oil on canvas 20 x 24
SOLD cityscape signed 1951 oil on canvas 26 x 36
SOLD North Shore Boats oil on fiberglass signed, 1955 24 x 36
SOLD Old house in winter oil on board signed, 1928 13 x 17
SOLD abstract oil on canvas signed, 1957 36 x 64
SOLD Nice, France oil on canvas signed, 1964 31 x 35
SOLD abstract oil on canvas signed
SOLD Knife River Bay signed 1960 oil on canvas 35 x 59
ELOF WEDIN (1901-1983)
Elof Wedin was born near Harnosand, along the fjords of the east coast of Sweden in 1901. He was the youngest of six children orphaned early by the death of both mother and father. He immigrated to the United States in 1919 and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having a talent and compassion for art at a young age, he took night classes at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the early 1920s. Also in 1920s he married Lillian Westman and they had two sons, Winslow and Gary. In 1926, Wedin entered the Art Institute of Chicago to study under George Oberteuffer, a well-known teacher and artist of that period. Two years later, he returned to Minneapolis and took a job doing duct work and pipe coverings for boilers while pursuing his fine art after work and on weekends in a studio he set up in the garage of their north Minneapolis home.
With talent and interest in portraiture but with little demand for them in Minneapolis at that time, he did portraits and “character studies” of family, friends, and neighbors. During the 1930s, his portraits became more modernist in style, many with oval faces and elongated features, resembling portraits of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.
In addition to portraits, he also painted landscapes, an interest that was stirred in 1933 and was the subject of his entry in the 1934 Minnesota State Fair. During the 1930s Wedin participated in the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project, which focused him on regionalism and depicting his immediate surroundings such as street scenes, small towns and the North Shore of Minnesota. However, unlike many regionalists, he often did views in a highly abstract geometric style. His landscapes of the 30s and 40s had flattened space with no perspective, minimal sky, and buildings shown only as angular shapes, and from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s, Wedin’s style grew into abstract expressionism.
Throughout his long career, he exhibited work in the Midwest and throughout the country. He received numerous awards from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts annual shows, The Minnesota State Fair Exhibitions, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Swedish-American Clubs of Minneapolis and Chicago, The Women's Club of Minneapolis, Hudson Walker Gallery of New York City, Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, San Francisco Exhibition, The First New York American Artist Exhibit and The Los Angeles County Exposition.
Wedin's numerous one-man shows included two at the Hudson Walker Gallery in New York City, three at The Harriet Hanley Gallery, Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, three at the Kilbride-Bradley Gallery in Minneapolis, MAA Gallery Minneapolis, Bethel College, Bjorkman Gallery, Minneapolis, and others. He also exhibited at the Rockefeller Center, New York City, San Francisco Worlds Fair, Swedish Club Detroit, Swedish Club Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota, Los Angeles County Museum and Women's Club of Minneapolis.
Wedin’s work is represented in major private and institutional collections, such as those of Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Historical Society, Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
Elof Wedin is featured, along with three other renowned Minnesota artists (Dewey Albinson, Cameron Booth, and Clement Haupers), in a book entitled "Minnesota Modern - Four Artists of the Twentieth Century." This beautiful book, published by Afton Press, is available for purchase at Gallery 5004.