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.

POW: “Adorned” by Sandi Bransford


15″ x 12″ x 11″
Ceramic, Acrylic, Wax

This week’s piece is Sandi Bransford’s Adorned. She works in mixed media including ceramic, found objects, acrylic, oil, ink, and pencil searching for the transformative potential found within destruction. In this piece, she collects and encrusts a myriad of symbols upon a dress. Harnessing the power and history of its wearer, it becomes an exquisite armor telling fantastical stories fraught with danger and beauty.

Artist Bio:
Sandi Bransford has been shown throughout Washington and has studied with Arnie Zimmerman, Sunkoo Yu, and Doug Jeck. She lives and works in Bothell, Washington.

POW: “Cyclone” by Miguel Edwards

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This week’s piece is Miguel Edwards’ Cyclone. He manipulates steel into life sized sculptures to investigate shifting points in perception. His process is intuitive as his interests in time and chaos reveal a desire to share an experience with the viewer.

Artist Bio:
Miguel Edwards is sculptor, photographer, and installation artist. He is the Vice President at Seattle’s CoCA, collaborates on projects across a range of media, and has been shown nationally.

POW: “Pygmy Yeti 5″ by Coco Howard

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This week’s piece is “Pygmy Yeti 5″ by Coco Howard. Her soft sculptures reveal a world of characters who are charmingly eerie. This Pygmy Yeti’s powerful gaze makes you almost hesitate approaching his wild yet inanimate figure.

Artist Bio:
Coco Howard started Softlife in 2007 as an umbrella company for her various artistic endeavors. Under the moniker Softlife, she makes plush creatures, engages in amateur photography, creates needle felted wall hangings, sculptures, and installations, and teaches creature-making classes at various elementary and middle schools in Seattle.
Coco currently resides in Seattle, WA with her three children and husband, Spencer Moody, all of whom are devoted whole hog to fighting the soft fight each and every day.

POW: “Oracle” by Daniel Voelker

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This week’s piece is Daniel Voelker’s Oracle. His work consists of layered collections of sliced charcoal drawings reassembled into complex black and white collages. We particularly love the Oracle for speaking to the ambiguous and prophetical nature of his process and the images which emerge from it.

Artist Bio:
Daniel Voelker fell in love with abstract art during his undergraduate years at the University of Washington School of Fine Arts, and turned from studying graphic design to working in paint, charcoal and collage. 2012 saw him throwing energy and attention into learning his fundamentals at the Gage Academy of Art, in Mark Kang-O’Higgins’ Atalier. Now in his late thirties, Voelker has the goal of being a full-time artist in his sights.
(Bio excerpt from WEAVE)

POW: “Ode to Joy” by Deborah Scott

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This week’s piece is Deborah Scott’s Ode to Joy. As a storyteller she explores and incorporates elements of fairy tales, mythology, tarot, and contemporary iconography. The figures in her work are complete with corresponding symbols of who they are and could represent. The sunny palette and burst of confetti accompanying this exuberant character creates an allegory perfect for summer.

Artist Bio:
Deborah Scott is a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. Prior to her art career, she worked in global brand marketing with familiar brands including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Amazon.com. In this role she became fascinated with the power of Jungian archetypes, works by Joseph Campbell, and iconography. Developing her understanding and expression of figurative archetypes is the cornerstone of her work.