Illustration of Gateway Arch by John Dyess

This illustration of the Gateway Arch was based on photographs I took. I shot the arch from many angles and chose this angle taken when the sun was low in the sky before sunset.I entered this mixed media painting in the Arts for the Parks competition,which encouraged artists to create paintings of National Parks. This painting wasn’t chosen but several years later I was accepted in the top two hundred selected. The painting accepted was of the Statute of Liberty.

Reproduction rights to this painting of the Arch were sold to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. A friend,Michael Smit, was the designer of this Poster. Below is a detail from the painting. I began the painting drawing a pencil grid on illustration board. Sunlight on the North leg was very important to me.The size of this painting is 18″wide by 24″ high.

Detail of painting of the St. Louis Gateway Arch

  1. chuck says:

    love it — especially the beautiful juxtaposition of the grid and loose, painterly sky.
    really nice, john.

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