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Tom Uttech was born in 1942 near Wausau, Wisconsin. After completing his studies at Layton School of Art and University of Cincinnati, he was a professor of art at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, until his resignation in 1998. Since the inclusion of his paintings in the 1975 Whitney Biennial, his work has been the subject of over 35 one-person exhibitions. His enigmatic images, based on the verdant northern woods of the Precambrian Shield, have few parallels in contemporary art.
Tom Uttech's work is inspired by wide expanses of unspoiled wilderness in his native Wisconsin and neighboring Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Uttech's paintings, which take their names from various Ojibwe words and phrases, are fantastic imaginings, often populated with hosts of birds and other animals that traverse the landscape in a flurry of natural diversity.