Archive for September, 2009

New Web Page: Sadao Watanabe

We just added a new page to our website, celebrating the work of renowned print artist Sadao Watanabe.

Sadao Watanabe. Flight into Egypt. Stencil print, 1979.

One of the most successful Japanese artists of the late 20th century, Watanabe is known for his stylized stencil prints of Biblical subjects. His work is of two types: large, hand-numbered Momigami prints on colored, crinkled paper and smaller Washi prints, printed in unnumbered editions.

Browse our inventory of prints by Sadao Watanabe here.

Showing in October at Davidson Galleries

Showing October 2-31, 2009

First Thursday reception: October 1, 6-8pm

Karen Kunc Order

Wild Remnant, 2009. Woodcut. 18 x 18 inches.

Order presents new prints created in response to living in and conceptualizing on natural and human processes that affect environment, that contrast ways and means, and outcomes for life.  Karen Kunc (b. 1952) observes and responds to visual sensations of iconic sources – gridiron scaffolding, repetition of window frames, decaying fragments; she conceptualizes patterns – of channels and pathways as flowing movement or pulsing energy; sounds evoke concentric rings suggestive of rhythmic growth or expansion; aerial perspectives offer viewpoints of suburban sprawl and mining wastelands.  The artist considers the imbalances of architecture over nature, of human efforts related in scale to mountain ranges.  Kunc’s images are comparative metaphors, as she finds beauty and strangeness in equal measure, as poignantly meaningful concepts on dwelling, gathering, cultivation, networks, encroachments.  Her overarching question – on how things come about  – is envisioned here as the natural and unnatural order of things.

Within the last several years, Kunc has deliberately provoked her senses by living and working in New York, Vancouver, Italy, Egypt, all around the country, and in Nebraska, her home.  She has been evolving the ongoing “Urban/Rural Divide” series, and has moved beyond.  Her series leads her to understand that the “divide” is never so clear-cut, and the inevitable order of life is fluid, with shared concerns and sympathies.  Therefore, her visual metaphors continue to be related to life cycles, webs and linkages, even as “Darwinian” order prevails.

Karen Kunc is the Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has done many artist residencies around the world and has received numerous awards.  Kunc’s work can be found in many public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Univeristy of Washington, Seattle Washington, and the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.

View previous work by the artist.

Please email or call 206 624-1324 for more information.

Zha Sai Rhythm of Shadows

Undulated Shadow, 2007. Reduction woodcut. 14 x 11 inches.

Rhythm of Shadows is an exhibition of ten reduction woodblock prints by Chinese artist Zha Sai (b. 1974.) These images seek to capture the artist’s impression of the natural environment of the her home in Wuhan, a large city situated on the banks of the Yangtze River in Hubei Province, an area known as the “Thousand Lakes Place.”  Zha Sai enjoys the meditative, repetitive quality of and concentration required in carving reduction woodcuts.

Zha Sai was born in Wuhan, studied at the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and is currently a Professor of Printmaking at the Institute.  This is her first exhibition at Davidson Galleries.  Concurrent with this show the artist will have exhibitions at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle; Pacific Northwest College of the arts, Portland OR; and Gonzaga University, Spokane WA.

Please email or call 206 624-1324 for more information.

Eugène Grasset Les Mois

Decembre, c. 1900. Color wood engraving. 8 x 6 inches.

Swiss-born graphic artist Eugène Samuel Grasset (1845-1917) was one of the leading figures in the Art Nouveau movement in Paris.  Best known for his iconic posters and his contributions to graphic design—an italic typeface he created in 1898 is still used by designers around the world—Grasset also designed furniture, ceramics, tapestries, and postage stamps.  In 1894, Grasset was commissioned by the French department store La Belle Jardinière to create twelve original artworks to be used as a calendar.

Grasset’s delectable wood engravings, depicting beautiful young women in seasonal costumes and gardens that change with the seasons, were issued as a fine art portfolio called Les Mois (The Months) by the Paris publisher G. de Malherbe.  Davidson Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of all twelve original plates from Les Mois during the month of October.

Please email or call 206 624-1324 for more information.

Barbara Robertson on 'Trust Your Eye' Panel

Contemporary printmaker Barbara Robertson is included in the panel for the upcoming TRUST YOUR EYE: How to Acquire Art in Seattle.

Barbara Robertson. Bang, 2008. Mixed media on paper on panel. 44 x 40 inches

Curious, new and practicing art collectors alike will be inspired and delighted as this lively panel explores diverse perspectives on looking at art, the joy of collecting, and developing a personal vision­—while regaling the audience with stories of Northwest art and artists.

September 24, 2009 :: 6-8:30pm
Foster/White Gallery
, 220 Third Ave South, Seattle
Tickets: $50
(includes local gallery tour and refreshments)

All proceeds benefit Artist Trust’s grants and resources for Washington State artists of all disciplines.

Barbara Robertson is an artist, educator, conservator and curator. She is the founder of Seattle Print Arts, an association of artists, arts professionals and collectors who have an avid interest in the expanding field of print arts and an appreciation of the print media

For complete details, visit Artist Trust’s website.

Donald Fels Print Subscription Oppportunity

We would like to invite you to support an exciting printmaking project artist Don Fels will be undertaking this fall in Spain. We are seeking subscribers to help fund a special opportunity for Don to work on monoprints inspired by the historic birthplace of the Kabbalah.  Each subscriber at $250 will receive one of the small edition of works associated with the monoprint/collage project. This contribution represents less than half the usual price for the artist’s work in this scale.

Don Fels. Trajectories (preliminary study), 2009. Mixed media. 9 x 32 inches.

Fels will be working for the month of October 2009 with Spanish master-printer Eusebi Subiros at the Lupusgrafic studio in Girona on the Costa Brava, in collaboration with Davidson Galleries in Seattle and Michael Dunev Art Projects in Torroella dei Montgri, Spain. It was in Girona that the Kabbalah was first published. With the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, the book made its way with them around the world.

Working with Sebi, Fels will create a series of monoprints to include chine colle and collage, found images, diagrams and drawing. The series will pursue the intersection of the Zohar (the most important work of the Kabbalah) and Linear Perspective- the external and internal. The Zohar grapples with the concept of infinity and looking deeply inwards. Linear Perspective and the concept of the Vanishing Point produced a system for projecting outwards into infinite space. Moving in opposite directions, the two bodies of knowledge developed simultaneously in Spain and Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries.

For some years in Italy and then in India, Fels has been researching the relationship between the art of perspective and the Voyages of Discovery, which the perspective system made possible.  The time spent in Girona offers the extraordinary chance to broaden his research to re-consider these developments in light of the life of the mind.

“Trajectories”, mixed media, 2009, 9×32” is a study for the print project. It reproduces a 1521 diagram by Cesare Cesarino, itself based on Leonardo da Vinci’s ground-breaking work on perspective from 1492. In the mid-15th century, the funnel, as pictured in the piece, brought the French word trajectory into the English language.

If you would like to participate in this important project, please email or call 206-624-7684 to subscribe.
We are hoping to complete the subscription by September 25. Thank you very much.

Showing in September at Davidson Galleries

Showing September 4-26, 2009

First Thursday reception: September 3, 6-8pm

Leslie Williams Cain

In the Foothills and Along the Bottoms,
Recent Works from the Walla Walla Valley

Winter Stubble, 2009. Pastel on paper. 16 x 54.

This exhibition of pastels on paper by Leslie Williams Cain features a body of work produced during the past year, a time of great personal transitions and upheavals for the artist. The images mark moments when she could pause and catch her breath. In these times of respite the artist sought the companionship and friendship that her home, the Walla Walla Valley, offers her. She found herself “walking its ridges with the wind, or standing ankle-deep in its streams,” and feeling the weight of life falling away.  During these walks she recognized that movement is a constant, in nature and in one’s own life.

Cain’s pastels capture the shifting light on the land, the wind blowing in the grasses, and ripples moving on the water’s surface. The artist works and reworks her images, first sketching lines, then kneading the pigment into the surface to create broad planes of color. This process is repeated several times and completed with a bold overlay of line. Cain’s large scale works draw the viewer into the landscape, offering a moment to pause, reflect and lose oneself in the beauty of the fleeting moment.

View previous work by the artist.

Paula Barragan Mitad del Mundo

Mamey, 2004. Intaglio. 4-3/4 x 4-3/4. Ed. 50.

Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) is the first exhibition at Davidson Galleries of works by Equadorian artist Paula Barragan, and consists of over twenty intaglio prints made in the past ten years. The artist takes profound pleasure in the process of discovery that occurs while she is making art, whether it is drawing, painting or making prints. In her intaglio prints, Barragan creates rich, textured surfaces, reminiscent of woven textile patterns, using an open-bite process that deeply etches the plate. The translucency of the thin Japanese handmade paper that she prints on gives the work a luminous quality.  Her images range from abstract patterns that one might see in nature, such as the swirl on a snail shell or the angular lines of an animal’s rib cage, to crude folk-like drawings of humans and creatures. Barragan feels that her images express life situations and stories, the lines and color reflect delight and misfortune in every moment.

Paula Barragan received her BFA at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She also studied printmaking and painting in San Francisco and Paris.  Barragan’s work has been exhibited throughout South America, Spain, Germany and New York. Her work can be found in the Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador and in many private collections.

*Special reception and walk-through with Paula Barragan, sponsored by Seattle Print Arts and Sev Shoon Art Center as part of the Visiting Artist Program, September 3, 5 – 6 pm.

Trish Maharam Story Maps

Shapes of an Inner Landscape (detail), 2008.
Silk, cotton thread. 18 x 20 inches.

Seattle artist Trish Maharam hand-stitches cotton thread on layers of mostly transparent silk to create delicate, ethereal embroidered works that evoke topographical maps of fields and water. She describes this new body of work as Story Maps, which “represent a place as it is perceived by an individual or a by a culture moving through it. They are records of specific journeys, organized around the passage of the traveler, and their perimeters are the perimeters of the sight or experience of that traveler.” Maharam has been making art all her life.  She has worked in a variety of mediums including writing, drawing, and most recently has focused on working with hand-stitching fabric. This is Maharam’s first exhibition at Davidson Galleries.