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The Fine Art of Wyatt MoodyWyatt`s recreations of Ancient Rock Art are an accumulative collection of the journey of mankind, reflecting not only man’s connectedness to the earth but also to one another. With Wyatt`s most recent endeavors, he hopes to serve as a liaison of sorts between individuals from the past with contemporary audiences, who are often hungry for both beauty and meaning.
Growing up in the company of horses, rattlesnakes and Gila monsters, Wyatt spent much of his youth isolated on his family’s ranch outside of Winslow Arizona, where his explorations of the surrounding mountains acquainted him with the work of ancient artists; artists whose work became his passion. His subsequent exploration and study of the world's ancient art sites have resulted in the creation of a new art form that is truly unique.
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Wyatt Moody was born in Phoenix Arizona. His adventures are rather extraordinary, and his childhood is rife with encounters one might hear about in old episodes of "Grizzly Adams." Never quite fitting in, at the age of twelve he began to lose touch with his peers because while they got into Twisted Sister and girls, he found himself spending the nights alone in the desert, hunting rattlesnakes with his hands. Before realizing they were protected he had even made a pet out of a Gila Monster which his parents made him keep in his bedroom.
Within several years this collection would include over forty rattlesnakes, consisting of the many different species found throughout Arizona. Hence, his career as a rattlesnake expert was launched. He gave lectures at public libraries and schools, he appeared on TV, and regularly supplied zoos and universities with the different species of Arizona`s venomous snakes.
It was at the age of sixteen though, that Wyatt would undergo a particularly transformative experience. Two months into his sophomore year of high school, Wyatt would be dropped off alone at the family`s ranch, where he would spend nearly a year in isolation with a horse, and some guns. Perhaps this sounds idyllic, romantic, Utopian, or Thoreau-esque. The truth of the matter is that this was the result of school expulsions, parental despair, and Rebel Without a Cause tendencies.
Spiritually lost, armed, and rather sensitive, Wyatt increasingly turned to nature and to the presence of the native peoples who had once inhabited the land. Leaving a rat infested bunkhouse, Wyatt began to spend his nights amongst ancient ruins he’d discovered while exploring on horseback, many of them hidden within the rugged volcanic mountains surrounding the ranch. It was here; within these ruins that Wyatt would find a sense of connectedness, which was especially meaningful while living in isolation, and it was here, that Wyatt would first encounter the thoughts and visions of ancient peoples in the form of petroglyphs, collected over time by canyon walls and rock formations. Wyatt recalls how at peace the images were with their surroundings. There were shaman, geometric images and animals, things that connected them to the earth. How different this is from what we might honor with graffiti nowadays!
Eventually Wyatt returned to Phoenix where he began his own business working on custom homes. The fast paced schedule and long hours conflicted with the creative side of him and within several years had put an end to it completely. Before long, Wyatt was running on fumes so, he said goodbye to loved ones and headed out once again. This time he and a friend would take six months to drive a rusted 67 Ford Econoline van from Phoenix, Arizona to the southernmost tip of Argentina; a journey which quickly became an inward journey for Wyatt. Through nights spent in the open country to the exploration of ancient ruins and rock art by day, Wyatt would begin to find himself again.
Upon his return, Wyatt traveled throughout Europe continuing his study of ancient rock art, a pursuit which has evolved into the unique creative style he's becoming known for today. Besides for his recreations of rock art, Wyatt has been commissioned by wildlife foundations such as the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society and the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep to create sculptures of wildlife. He has also created artwork for the Arizona Game and Fish Dept., the Arizona Museum of Natural History, Desert Mountain School in Carefree, AZ, and the North Mountain Visitor Center in Phoenix, AZ.