POW: “Far Reaches” by Jesse Link


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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.

BIO
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.

POW: “The Listener” by Amy Huddleston


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.

BIO
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.

POW: “Reflection 10″ by Kate Protage

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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.

BIO
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.

POW: “Wistful Reverie” by Eddy Lee

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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.

Artist Bio:
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.

POW: “Grand Larceny” by Chris Crites


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.

BIO
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.

POW: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Jeff Leake


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.

Bio:
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. 

 

POW: “Rock Dove” by CASH

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10″ x 10″ Mixed Media on Canvas 

This week’s piece is Curtis Ashby’s Rock Dove. He uses spray paint, acrylic, charcoal, and oil pastels to create his works on canvas, paper, and wood. His paintings reflect the textures of the city, as well as the colors and spontaneity found in nature.

BIO

Curtis Ashby, also know by his moniker “CASH” is a young artist based in Seattle, WA. Since early 2006, he has steadily made a name for himself in the Seattle art scene by securing spots in several prominent group shows while also studying under well know artist/ gallery owner John Osgood.

CASH has recently opened an art studio of his own in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, showcasing his current work.

His latest work reflects his interest in mid-century book illustrations as well as influence from artists such as Barry Mcgee, Ed Templton, and Neckface.

POW: “Bear 3″ by Justin Kane Elder

60″ x 60″

This week’s piece is Justin Kane Elder’s Bear 3. Interested in the intimacy of portraits, he deconstructs and reassembles them into geometric likenesses.This process of abstraction becomes evidence of his study as he scrutinizes color, form, and his emotional attachment to his subjects.

Artist Bio:
Justin Kane Elder is a Seattle based artist. He studied at Cornish College of the Arts, earning a BFA in 2002 with an emphasis on painting and sculpture. He is one member of the artist group Electric Coffin. His work is shown in Seattle and various cities along the West Coast as well as internationally.

 

 

POW: “Lounge Act” by Debbie Bianchi

This week’s piece is Lounge Act by Debbie Bianchi. Using acrylic, paper, charcoal, and pastel, she creates fantastical vignettes. The golden hour atmosphere is highlighted by the bird and its miniature beach ball evoking ideas about play, magic, and beauty surrounding the everyday.

Artist Bio:
West Seattle artist, Debbie Bianchi’s early work with vintage clothes and textiles has evolved into a technique of layering dimensional objects into low-relief pieces that straddle trompe-l’oeil painting and assemblages. Her current series which includes “The Aerialist” has a feel that is reminiscent of a midsummer evening, light orbs and twilight magic. Her other paintings evoke a sense of freedom with the continued theme of birds, some of which are whimsical making the common uncommon,drawing the viewer in to the artist’s etherial world.

 

POW: “Illusionist” by Naoko Morisawa

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Wood Mosaics, 2011

This week’s piece is Naoko Morisawa’s Illusionist. She works in wood mosaic often depicting mysterious creatures and illusions. Through using small dyed pieces of wood she injects a dynamic energy into her work translating the wood’s life and spirit into everyday yet magical imagery, reflecting all the little pieces that make up our own lives.

Artist Bio:
Naoko Morisawa has exhibited her art at SAM Gallery, ArtXchange gallery, Northwind Art Center Gallery, Nordstrom Corporate Gallery, Lynnwood Convention Center, FCA Gallery Vancouver-BC, The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, General Electric Cultural Gallery, and Whatcom Museum in Bellingham.

Before moving into the US, she taught art at Yokohama and Tokyo community centre and Canadian Embassy etc, as well as being a freelance illustrator. She had worked at a Trading Company in Tokyo, Japan where she worked for package designs for Godiva Chocolate, and Twining Tea Company. Winners London Creative Competition 2013 by International Awards Inc, New York/London.