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Ben Beres, Daniel Carrillo, Etsuko Ichikawa (+45 others) in Meet Greet Rinse Repeat

Three Davidson Galleries artists–Ben Beres, Daniel Carrillo and Etsuko Ichikawa–present collaborative works with Seattle artist Troy Gua in the upcoming exhibition Meet Greet Rinse Repeat, Opening April 1, 6-8pm at Monarch Contemporary.

Cave paintings>Cunieform>Hieroglyphics>Kanji characters>The Alphabet>Words>Sentences. Written communication has evolved with mankind over the centuries, and is, with the aid of technology, continuing to do so. Or is it? Some may say the written language is in a state of de-evolution. The advent of online social networking and hand-held devices has forced the modern populace to conform to a new communication rife with abbreviations, acronyms, and ‘emoticons’. The written word is reverting back to a collection of symbols and characters.

With ‘Meet Greet Rinse Repeat’, the artist asks fellow artists to communicate with him in their respective unique visual language. The conversation begins with a hand cut, futuristic and highly graphic character of invented symbolism. The artist then hands it off to a collaborator for a reply, who does with it what he/she will, infusing the character with whatever creative spirit they deem fit. The collaborator then returns the visual response to the artist for the conclusion of the interchange: a resin coating to seal our work together.

This effort results in the creation of a unique dialogue where viewers are invited to decipher graphic oriented sculpture.

The show features work from nearly 50 artists and runs through April 30th. For a complete list of artists and their works, visit

View available works by Ben Beres, Daniel Carrillo and Etsuko Ichikawa.

Showing in April at Davidson Galleries

April 2010 Exhibitions

First Thursday opening reception: April 1, 6-8pm.
Through May 1

Erik Desmazières

Onze Estampes: Haute Galerie Circulaire.
Etching and aquatint, 1998.
Edition of 60. F.F. 162. 14 x 10 inches.

Erik Desmazières (French, b. 1948), one of France’s best known contemporary printmakers, shares an affinity to neoclassical aesthetics in both the plurality of imagery and the metaphoric use of subjects to convey his artistic idiom. Imaginative depictions of people and places act like ancient ruins in conjuring up ruminative memories of another era and feed the exoticisim and fascination we find in cultures other than our own. Similar to the antiquarianism of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Desmazieres expresses his veneration in classical magnificence through his detailed rendering of architecture, objects, fragments, ornaments, costume and inscriptions. The subtle shading and incredible detail in each image reveals the artist’s mastery of the etching and aquatint processes. Erik Desmazieres’ work is exhibited internationally and also included in the permanent collection of the metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Philippe Mohlitz

Soulèvement Soudain Et Puissant Des Eaux De Mer.
Engraving, 1971. 8 x 6-1/2 inches.

Philippe Mohlitz’s (French, b. 1941) provocative themes and powerful imagery, rendered by masterful draftsmanship and engraving technique include the fantastic, the archaic, and the macabre. Mohlitz, using extremely fine, fluid engraving lines creates worlds filled with obscure details. Artistic influences include Odilon Redon and Rodolphe Bresdin. Mohlitz’s work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, including the Biblioteque Nationale de France in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New York Public Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Selections from the Estate of Wallace Engstrom (1924-2009)

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Engstrom Estate Part I: Selected Contemporary Paintings & Works on Paper

The April exhibition will feature the contemporary paintings and works on paper portion of the Estate.
In May, look for Part II: Antique Paintings and Works on Paper, a catalog and website exhibition.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Wallace Engstrom (1924-2009) made regular visits to a number of Seattle art galleries in the company of the private art dealer Louie Congdon. The collection Mr. Engstrom built was extremely eclectic and ranged from old master woodcuts and engravings to antique maps and views, regionalist prints (Northwest and national), paintings and drawings from the 1930s and 1940s, and contemporary regional painters such as Marion Peck and Susan Bennerstrom.

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Showing in March at Davidson Galleries

March 2010 Exhibitions

First Thursday opening reception: March 4, 6-8pm.
Through March 27

Davidson Galleries is pleased to present the work of four painters: Marlene Bauer (Oregon), Selene Santucci (Washington), Jessie Morgan (Massachusetts) and Dory Goode (Oregon). The works vary from pure gestural abstraction to a vocabulary of personal symbols inhabiting an implied space, inside or out.

Santucci. Core Strength, 2010. Oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches.

Selene Santucci‘s work is completely intuitive and results in a range of images reflecting varying degrees of abstraction. “In this latest body of work I started with abstracting figurative images, trying to stretch or push them further to the abstract each time….I want a strong formal composition which is emotionally available and where the image comes through the paint”

Bauer. Puff, 2010. Acrylic on paper. 36 x 44 inches.

Marlene Bauer‘s paintings are a balancing act between abstraction and representation, formal concerns and whimsy, color and Line. The artist’s acrylic paintings on canvas or paper are filled with objects, often familiar objects, purposefully arranged in either a sparse or concentrated arrangement suggesting meaningful relationships one object to another. Rich color and painterly brushwork define both ground and objects.

Morgan. Untitled no. 926., 2009. Acrylic on aluminum. 24 x 24 inches.

This exhibition introduces the work of Jessie Morgan. Her surfaces are rich and fluid, layered with broad strokes to suggest simultaneously both a macroscopic and microscopic view. “The layers emerge from an organic depth and reference nature on, above and below the surface” The results encourage close observation or inspire contemplation.

Goode. Homage #71, 2008. Egg tempera and ink on panel. 12 x 12 inches.

The small egg tempera and ink paintings on panel by Dory Goode show few traces of the artist’s figural background. They reflect intuitive, lyrical mark making, consistent in conception and fluid in execution.

Showing in February at Davidson Galleries

February 2010 Exhibition

First Thursday opening reception: February 4, 6-8pm.
Through February 27

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Contemporary Mezzotints

Contemporary Mezzotints features works by six artists new to Davidson Galleries in addition to recent works by artists currently represented by the gallery including: Art Werger, Carol Wax, Frederick Mershimer and Daniel Carrillo, all from the U.S. New artists include Michel Estebe (France), James Groleau (U.S.), Pekka Hokkanen (Finland), Julie Niskanen (U.S.), Cleo Wilkinson (Australia) and Malgorzata Zurakowska (Poland/U.S.).

The magic of the mezzotint’s rich velvety surface is achieved by “rocking” the surface of a metal plate to create a rough pitted surface that is then scraped and burnished to generate the image. This demanding process, invented in the sixteenth century, lends itself to the manipulation of light, shadows, and pattern. These featured artists employ the mezzotint technique for their own unique styles and imagery. Subject matter varies from urban landscapes to still lifes, to surreal worlds, to naturalist subjects, to portraiture. Examples of earlier, antique mezzotints will also be on view in the Antique Print Department.

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Showing in January at Davidson Galleries

Showing January 8-30, 2010

First Thursday reception: January 7, 6-8pm

Lockwood Dennis Selected Paintings, 1960-2005

Columbia River Bluff, 1992. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

Lockwood Dennis thinks of himself as a painter who has also made many original prints. The January exhibition selection draws onmore than 40 years of the artist’s paintings. The earliest works were inspired by his Peace Corps years in Tanzania. Other subjects recall travel or places he has lived: Portland, Seattle, Port Townsend, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Tacoma, Astoria, Wapato, and the Colorado Rockies. Dennis was an architecture pre-major before he studied philosophy. The castles fit in with the factories, dams, bridges, grain elevators, hillside houses and office towers as architectural structures. The same is true of the Colorado mountains and earthmovers, too. The castles were drawn from old pictures, almost everything else from direct experience.

Left: Shot Tower, 24 x 20 inches. Right: Wapato City Hall, 24 x 39 inches.

This exhibition affords the chance to see the full range of subjects from more than 500 paintings. Many people have collected the artist’s lithographs and woodcuts but are unaware of his closely held paintings. The show will highlight a selection of 50 pieces curated from all of the artist’s painted work.

Visit Lockwood Dennis’ available works page

continuing from December…

Gorden Mortensen Reduction Woodcuts, 1974-1983

One of the best known reduction woodcut print artists working in the U.S today, Mortensen works from watercolor studies to understand the color dynamics needed for the woodcut. Using up to sixty-four colors and taking as long as three months to create, the outcome has a painterly feel, with rich layered colors and wood grain textures.

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Siemen Dijkstra Recente Houtsneden (Recent Woodcuts)

Dijkstra’s recent large reduction woodcuts reveal the artist’s mastery of the  process and his passion for the lowland vistas of his home in the Netherlands, a land of wood, fens and moors. The  artist sees a relationship between the low relief surfaces of the woodcut and the flat landscape he lives in.

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Showing in December at Davidson Galleries

December 2009 Exhibitions

First Thursday reception: December 3, 6-8pm

Mortensen. Autumn Sunset, 1979. Reduction woodcut. Edition of 130. 22 x 30 inches.

Gorden Mortensen Reduction Woodcuts, 1974-1983

Gordon Mortensen (b. 1938, American) is one of the best known reduction woodcut print artists working in the U.S today. He works from watercolor studies to understand the color dynamics needed for the woodcut. The artist uses up to sixty-four colors and takes as long as three months to create the woodblock image. Although the final outcome has a painterly feel, it is unmistakably a woodcut with rich layered colors and wood grain textures. His early images mostly represent the upper Midwest landscape, and areas around where he lived in North Dakota. His color preferences in these early works is more muted compared to the brighter colors he favors to present his current home in California.

View previous work by Mortensen

Dijkstra. Looner Diep, 2009. Reduction woodcut. Edition of 34. 12-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches.

Siemen Dijkstra Recente Houtsneden (Recent Woodcuts)

Siemen Dijkstra’s (b. 1968, Dutch) recent large reduction woodcuts, on view at Davidson Galleries during the months of December and January, reveal the artist’s mastery of the process and his passion for the lowland vistas of his home province, Drenthe, in the Netherlands. It is a land of woods, fens and moors. He likens the cutting of the blocks and layered printings, to his experience of the landscape. Dijkstra sees a relationship between the low relief surfaces of the woodcut and the flat landscapes he lives with.

The reduction woodcut process uses the same block of wood over and over, unlike the traditional woodcut method that employs separate blocks for each color. The artist cuts and prints the woodblock in stages, printing a different color on the same sheet of paper after each cutting. As successive areas of the block are cut away (reduced, hence reduction woodcut), inked and printed, the image builds in subtlety and complexity. Dijkstra and Mortensen both make effective use of the process to express their respective landscapes. Through January 30, 2010.

Keinen. Chrysanthemum, Chestnut Mannikin. Color woodblock, 1891. Oban diptych, 12-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches each.

Imao Keinen Kacho Album: the Four Seasons

Kacho-ga, or “bird and flower pictures,” are among the most enduring and popular subjects of Japanese prints. Active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, print artist Imao Keinen’s most celebrated work was his four volume set Keinen Kacho Gafu (Bird and Flower Album by Keinen) published in 1891. Keinen Kacho Gafu is a collection of Japanese bird and plant portraits illustrating over 100 different birds in carefully selected, seasonal settings. Davidson Galleries is proud to present an exhibition of the entire series of Keinen’s Bird and Flower Album through December 24.

View Kacho-Ga works

We are closed December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 2.
Open by appointment Dec 29 – 31.