“Being an artist and painting the human figure is what compels me.
It wakes me up at night, it's what I love and I drive myself to do it very well.
Art is my life-long obsession, pleasure and torment".
Born in 1965 in a small town in Utah, Bryce believes his first desire to be an artist was formed at a very young age when he would go out with his mother while she painted the Utah landscape. Later in school, drawing was a comfort zone for Liston. “It was a subject that excited me- I always had energy and interest for it.” It was here that Liston found his love of the human form. “I don't quite know why I was drawn to the human form; I suspect the seed was planted while studying the art of the great American Illustrators like N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle.”
It was then that he knew it was the human form that he wanted to portray in his art. He attended the University of Utah for a short time but dropped out before finishing his degree. “I wanted to learn about the craft of art. I wanted to learn to actually produce art, not just discuss it.” With limited resources Bryce found himself working in the studio and foundry of master sculptor, Edward J. Fraughton. The time Liston spent with Fraughton provided him with a knowledge of anatomy that few painters possess and that understanding brings depth and life to the figures he paints. “In Ed's studio I learned a lot about art. It's funny, I learned about painting from a sculptor- I don't think that’s something that happens everyday.”
Bryce’s education has been self-directed and continues to be that way. Not having a formal art education can be a long and hard way to go about it but it does have its advantages. It allows you to find your own voice rather than emulating that of your teachers, a principle lesson that Liston imparts to all of his students. "Take in all the information that is presented to you, then afterwards disassemble it and make it fit into your personal vision and style."
Bryce’s work is shown in galleries around the country and he participates in many national and international exhibitions each year. Bryce’s artwork has won numerous prestigious awards, including The Tuffy Berg Award, The Honorary Chairman’s Award and the Southwest Art Award of Excellence at the 2010 CM Russell Auction. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and was awarded Best in Show at the 2008 OPA Western Regional Exhibition. He was also named one of the Top Ten Artists to Watch by Southwest Art Magazine in January, 2009. His art has been published in many magazines as well as on book covers.
He currently resides in Holladay, Utah with his wife and three daughters. “I can’t even imagine myself not painting or sculpting. My mother was a very talented artist and I can already see some of the same abilities emerging in my young daughters.”
"The artist has within himself the power to convey the idea of what it means to be human.
Great art connects us and bonds us; it’s about this experience of being human.
To me to focus on the human form is the highest form of art.
The human body contains within it the spirit of life itself".
One of five top national known artists to participate in the M Gallery Star Studded Art Extravaganza - Charleston, SC Nov. 1, 2012
One Man Show - Sage Creek Gallery - Santa Fe, NM Aug. 2012
Honorable Mention (Awarded by Quang Ho) OPA 2012 National Juried Exhibition - Evergreen Gallery - Evergreen, CO June 22, 2012
One Man Show - M-Gallery Fine Art - Charleston, SC Sept. 2011
Finalist in the Figurative Category – 2009/2010 International ARC Salon Competition
Presented by the Art Renewal Center
“The Fledgling”-winner of The Ralph “Tuffy” Berg Award, Honorary Chairman’s Award & Southwest Art Magazine’s Award of Excellence 42nd Annual CM Russell Auction – Heritage Inn – Great Falls, MT March 17-20, 2010 (Note: Bryce is the first artist in the 42 year history of the auction to win three of the five awards given.)
Honorable Mention (Awarded by Daniel Greene) Salon International 2009 – Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art – San Antonio, TX Apr. 11-May 1, 2009
One Man Show – Rive Gauche Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ March 26-April 9, 2009
Great American Figurative Painters Group Exhibition – Waterhouse Gallery – Santa Barbara, CA Nov. 22, 2008
Best in Show -OPA 2008 Western Regional Juried Exhibition – Devin Galleries – Coeur d’Alene, ID Sept. 12-Oct. 11, 2008
Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction – Rist Canyon, CO August 31, 2008
OPA 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition - Dana Gallery -- Missoula, MT May 2-June 14, 2008
Int'l Guild of Realism Museum Show - Traveling April, 2008-November 2010
One Man Show - Rive Gauche Gallery -- Scottsdale, AZ Jan. 17, 2008
Int'l Guild of Realism Winter Show - Scottsdale Fine Art -- Scottsdale, AZ Jan. 13-Jan. 30, 2008
OPA 2007 Central Regional Juried Exhibition - South Wind Gallery -- Topeka, KS Sept. 28-Nov. 10, 2007
Group Show - Galerie Kornye West -- Ft. Worth, TX Sept. 8, 2007
Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction -- Rist Canyon, CO Sept. 2, 2007
Human Form Show - Tanglewood Fine Art -- Flagstaff, AZ Aug. 3, 2007
Pioneer Show - Apple Gallery -- Bountiful, UT July 18-Aug. 18, 2007
The Society of Master Impressionists Intl 2007 Exhibition - Sunset Center -- Amarillo, TX June 2-July 4, 2007
Salon International 2007 - Greenhouse Gallery -- San Antonio, Texas
May 19- June 8, 2007
Award of Merit-83rd Annual Spring Salon - Springville Art Museum -- Springville, UT Apr. 19-July 8, 2007
Finalist- for Feb. (Ukranian Girl); Mar. (The Rose Bower); Apr. (From the Deep) 2007 in the Raymar Second Annual Fine Art Competition. www.raymarart.com
National Sculpture Society - 74th Annual Exhibition
Feb. 19 - June 1, 2007 at the Park Avenue Atrium Gallery -- NYC, NY
Show resumes at the Tampa Museum of Art -- Tampa, FL June 21 - Sept. 30, 2007
National Sculpture Society - 73rd Annual Exhibition
Sept. 21 - Dec. 10, 2006 at the Quick Center for the Arts -- Fairfield, CT
Show resumes at the Brookgreen Gardens -- SC Jan. 13 - Feb. 25, 2007
Salon International 2006 Greenhouse Gallery -- San Antonio, Texas
May 20, - June 16, 2006
82nd Annual Spring Salon Springville Art Museum -- Springville, UT
Apr. 29 - July 2, 2006
Third Place Winner- 15th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition -- Missoula, MT May 5 - June 24, 2006
Literary Sculpture National Sculpture Society
Park Avenue Atrium -- NYC Apr. 3 - Jul. 14, 2006
Third Place Winner- 2006 Statewide Competition
Bountiful/Davis Art Center Feb. 17 - Mar. 31, 2006
Top Prize for Best Narrative Sculpture- 2005 Viselaya Sculpture Competition Concord, MA Sep. 10 - Oct. 7, 2005
Awarded commission of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial monument 2005 (nationwide competition)
Honorable Mention- 1st Annual Selected Figure Drawing Exhibition 2004 from the New England Realist Art Centers
Honorable Mention- International ARC Salon Competition 2004
Presented by the Art Renewal Center
Gold Medal Winner- 2002 Cultural Olympiad Statewide Competition
Visions and Victories and the Olympic spirit
Bountiful/Davis Art Center Feb. 15 - Mar. 29, 2002
National Sculpture Society Sports Sculpture Exhibition
Park Avenue Atrium -- New York, NY May 6 - Jul. 26, 2002