V Douglas Snow (3/31/1927 - 10/20/2009)

Artist V. Douglas Snow was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1928. He was considered one of the most exciting and dynamic painters of the West. He also ranked among the most significant influencers of the Utah modernist school. His work is both described as abstract expressionism - with the stipulation that it is not typical avante garde abstract expressionism - and also as academic abstract impression. It is clear his paintings are a successful marriage of several styles, and the resultant art works are both powerful and individualistic. Snow combined his personal vision with the skills of an experienced artist in works that speak to a broad range of people.


Snow studied with LeConte Stewart and Lee Greene Richards at the University of Utah. He also studied in New York at The American Art School under Hans Mueller and Robert Brackman and at Columbia University (1946), Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan (MFA 1950) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. He taught art at several prestigious universities, including the University of Utah since 1954, where he was chair of the art department from 1966-71.

Snow is best known locally for his distinctive murals found at Salt Lake’s former main public library and the Scott M. Matheson State Courthouse. He is also recognized for his art that features rich romantic landscapes. Snow was fully engaged in the dynamism of the abstract-expressionist movement in the 1950s and he continued to contribute to the art life in Utah until his death in 2009.

Photo courtesy of the Springville Museum of Art. Biographical information adapted from Springville Art Museum, Utah Art, Utah Artists and Artist of Utah.

V Douglas Snow
(untitled)
V Douglas Snow
Capitol Reef
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DESERT STORM
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Great Salt Lake
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SCRUB OAK
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SILENT BLUE
V Douglas Snow
Untitled