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Grand Canyon sunset oil painting on triptych canvases, by artist Erin Hanson

Grand Sunset



40 x 90 in


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About the Painting

The wide expanse of the Grand Canyon's south rim spreads across three canvases in this dramatic triptych. The colors are saturated and variegated, bringing to life the emotional impact of seeing the Grand Canyon in person. The brush strokes in this painting are loose and impressionistic, full of texture and movement.

This painting was created on three museum-depth canvases, with the painting continued around the edges of each stretched canvas. This painting was designed to hang without a frame.

Exhibited: St George Art Museum, Utah, in a solo exhibition celebrating the National Park's centennial: Erin Hanson's Painted Parks, 2016.

(Tip for hanging triptych paintings: first hang the center panel, making sure it is very straight. You can use standard OOK picture hanging hooks. Next, hang the two side panels, spacing them 2-3 inches apart, and making sure the bottom edges line up with the center panel. The eye tends to focus on the bottom horizontal edge of the painting, so make sure this is a straight line.)


ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism.

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