Born on November 4, 1950 in Rhinelander, WI, Arthur E. Long spent his childhood in Vilas County, home to one of the highest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world. Growing up in an area noted for it's idyllic “Northwoods” environment and seasons of marked contrast, Art was exposed to nature's mysterious beauty and wonder at an early age, inspiration that continues to drive his creative works to this day.
At a young age, Art became a practicing taxidermist in the family tradition started by his father, Neal Long. This skill enabled him to understand form and anatomy in-depth, and contributed to his later success as a painter of wildlife art. Along with operating a fulltime taxidermy shop, Art began painting seriously in the early 1970's. It wasn't long before his works were in such demand that Art decided to quit practicing taxidermy as a profession, and instead focus on his paintings and wood carvings. In 1975 the fledgling artist opened a gallery on the ground floor of his newly built home. With the help and support of his wife, Kathy, the dream of becoming a full-time artist was fulfilled.
Over the course of more than three decades, Art has produced hundreds of original paintings, published over eighty limited edition fine art prints and many of the finest wood carvings anywhere. In the late 1980's the master artist and craftsman added bronze sculptures to his portfolio, producing eighteen exclusive pieces to date. Art has won numerous awards, accolades, and commissions over the years, a testament to the broad appeal of his style of artwork. Recent achievements include Northwoods Wildlife Center Artist of the Year (twice), Featured Sculptor for Safari Club International in 1992, chosen by the United States Tennis Association to design the official trophy for the Midwest division, and top awards (including two-time “Best of Animal Group”) at the prestigious International Woodcarver's Congress (considered amongst sculptors to be the finest woodcarving competition in the nation) held each year in Davenport, Iowa; to name a few. The artist is a life-long avid fisherman, naturalist, and champion of numerous preservation causes.
To date, many thousands from around the world have collected fine works from Art Long. The wide-variety of prints, sculptures, bronzes and original works available from $10 to over $50,000 is sure to satisfy discerning collectors of all tastes and incomes. Paintings and sculptures commissioned to the client's wishes are available; inquiries are always welcome. Gift certificates are available for any amount, a perfect gift for a friend or loved one.
Art Long's Gallery is located eight miles north of Minocqua, WI, at the corner of County Highway M, and U.S. 51.
The gallery is regularly open in the summer, and the rest of the year by appointment. Please call ahead to guarantee availability.