10″ x 8″ Mixed Media
This week’s piece is Joe Vollan’s “Makeshift Friends for the Lonely”. He creates dynamic narratives by combining the eerie and strange with the friendly and earnest. His characters remain optimistic despite their decrepit post-apocalyptic world, and offer the viewer hope.
Joe Vollan is based in Seattle and has shown up and down the west coast in galleries such as Roq la Rue, Flatcolor, Upper Playground, Copro Nason, and as far around the world as Tokyo.
This week’s piece is The Hermit by Siolo Thompson. It is one of 78 illustrations that are a part of her Linestrider Tarot Project where she combines her contemporary vision and style with a classic divination system. This series, like much of her work, holds a magical quality, and alludes to childhood as she explores freedom, happiness, and a sense of authenticity.
Siolo Thompson is a self taught visual artist who lives and works in Seattle, WA. She uses multiple mediums and techniques in her work with a focus on draftsmanship and narrative development. A background in Comparative Literature aids Thompson in her quest to translate complex ideas, stories and emotions into the language of visual art. Thompson falls most neatly into the category of figurative realism though her work often dallies at the edges of other disciplines including comic art and animation.
This week’s piece is “Something Seems Different” by Larkin. He is interested in the surreal, dark, and baroque, and frequently depicts a variety of creatures that toe the line between horror and whimsy.
Larkin works in mixed media, combining drawing and painting with sculptural inclusions, found objects, and fiber. His paintings in 2-dimensions are complemented by the borders and organic mazes of crocheted fibers worked around or into the surface of each piece.
This week’s piece is “Ascension 5″ by Mary T. Enslow. In this body of work she focuses on the female form and psyche. She confronts the viewer to think on ideas of oppression, absolution, sensuality, joy, and fear.
Mary T. Enslow earned a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington in 2003 with a focus in metal casting. She has co-founded Twilight Artist Collective in Pike Place Market and in West Seattle. She has been a founding member of various Seattle art groups including: The United Artists of Georgetown and the Art Walk Consortium; a part of several artist productions including, Bumbershoot,, Artopia, and Carnival. She currently owns and operates the Royal Mansion Gallery in the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall in addition to her art-making.
36X48 ACRYLIC ON WOOD
This week’s piece is Jesse Link’s Far Reaches. He paints symbolic creatures into open narratives and uses his creative practice as a way to imbue positivity into the world. Look for the silver linings in this piece.
Jesse Link was born and raised in an small steel town outside of Pittsburgh P.A.. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Industrial Design and studied graphic design at West Liberty University. Jesse also fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent a couple years in New Orleans helping the Post Katrina re-construction effort. in 2007 he moved to Seattle and began pursuing Visual Art as a career. In 2010 Jesse decided to become a full time artist. Since that time he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries in Seattle and California, has been awarded two public projects from the Seattle office of Arts and culture, has been invited to participate in many juried art festivals including the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Jesse has also done commission work for Target and Apptio.
14″ x 11″
This week’s piece is “The Listener” by Amy Huddleston. She paints portraits, figures, still life, and scenes of nature. She is interested in the imperfect quality of our perceptions and explores the inaccuracies and ideas surrounding realism.
Huddleston studied Art at the University of Montana from 1982 to 1983 and was discouraged by her professors, in regard to focusing on realism. She dropped out and moved to Seattle in 1984 to study at the Art Institute of Seattle, where she was introduced to the work of Vuillard and Bonnard via William Cumming. Though she was still encouraged to avoid realism, she was taught the importance of design, and how color relationships worked in painting. Huddleston left AIS to focus on painting.
This week’s piece is Kate Protage’s Reflection 10. Her work lives within the familiar but distant. Forms are abstracted but recognizable as she invites viewers to meander within their own perspectives and feel the sensation of discovery.
Kate Protage is a wanderer. She gravitated towards art throughout her education, and received a BA degree in Studio Art from Smith College, but soon after that she began a career in advertising and didn’t pick up a brush for the next decade.
Over time, she found her way back to her passion. Thematic ideas and flashes of the perfect composition crept back into her head until the desire to paint again became so strong that she began taking classes and set up a studio in her dining room. After rebuilding her portfolio, she set off for New York where she got an MFA degree in Painting with academic distinction from Pratt Institute. But the West Coast was calling, so in 2006 she moved to Seattle and set up shop. She loves it here, and plans to stay for a while.
She regularly shows her work at galleries in Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Princeton, and New York. Here in Seattle, she’s currently affiliated with the SAM Gallery.
36″ x 48″ Acrylic & Graphite on Wood Panel
The piece of the week is Eddy Lee‘s Wistful Reverie. Influenced by the bright and imaginative qualities of pop surrealism, he represents a daydream. These golden pink clouds envelop the woman as she laments the impending end of the day and perhaps her dream.
I am an artist working out of Los Angeles, California by way of Seattle, Washington. Works range from small to large scale pieces on wood or canvas. My work is influenced by elements of pop surrealism, high renaissance and Baroque era painting and sculpture. I also draw inspiration from emotive female portraiture. My work can be viewed in local area gallery showings, artwalks and at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. I am also available for independent commission work.
57.5″h x 41.5″w
This week’s piece is Chris Crites’ Grand Larceny. Inspired by mug shots from the 1890′s-1950′s, he explores his fascination with the histories of these people who have just been caught. He infuses life into these portraits with a limited palette and reflects the defeat of these criminals as their photos become anything but forgotten.
Chris Crites has a BA from San Jose State University and has shown throughout the northwest and nationally. He is represented by Jack Fisher Gallery in San Francisco and G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle and has been collected in Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, and Sweden.
24″ x 30″ oil and acrylic on wood
This week’s piece is Jeff Leake‘s Nothing Gold Can Stay. The combination of the architecture, blimp, elk, and romanticized landscape prompts curiosity. Highlighted by the use of Victorian era vignettes, he explores the distant but pervasive human presence on the natural world.
A California Bay Area native Jeff Leake uses the landscape as a vehicle to create a narrative between our presence as a distant and pervasive element, and the natural world. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from UC Davis and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He currently lives and works in sunny NE Portland.