Exhibitions

JULY 2021 | ROBERT MARCHESSAULT | GROW/RE-GROW

Robert Marchessault, Pupuri, acrylic and oil on panel, 60 x 48 inches

 

DAVID ALEXANDER
Second Time Around the Coastline
July 6 - 26, 2021

Painter Robert Marchessault has long been inspired by the resilience of trees, but in 2020, their fortitude took on a new level of meaning. As we globally faced the rise of one of the most devastating pandemics of modern time, Marchessault turned to subjects that represent adaptation in the face of struggle, growth amid challenge, and longevity against all odds. The trees he has painted for his new exhibition Grow / Re-grow are striking reminders of the perseverance not only of the living things which he so poetically renders, but our own.

Created based on a combination of memories and experiences, Marchessault begins by creating drawings. His trees are not based on photographs or actual trees; instead, the artist orchestrates each tree symbolically. Gnarled trunks and windblown branches are the eloquent results of environmental affects; the beauty of these trees is not in spite of their perseverance, but because of it. The soft greens of new growth and vibrant hues of blooms act as celebratory evidence of the tenacity of these living things, who have weathered the storm and find Spring in sight.

 

Robert Marchessault, Arcs, oil and acrylic on panel, 52 x 40 inches

 

Robert Marchessault received a Visual Arts Diploma from Dawson College, Montreal, QC, a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, QC and an MA from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. His work has been shown internationally including at Gotland Museum, Visby, Sweden, and many galleries across North America. He’s been the recipient of dozens of awards including a Canada Council Travel Grant. Marchessault’s paintings are in dozens of art collections including 20th Century Fox, Bank of Montreal, Rothschilds Inc, and Royal Bank, among many others.

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JUNE + JULY 2021 | ALDEN MASON: A TEACHER'S LEGACY

 

 

Alden Mason

A Teacher's Legacy 

On view now at Foster/White Gallery is a selection of work by students of Mason's during his 32 year tenure at the University of Washington. The works reflect the types of assignments and exercises he gave to his students, as well as Mason's singular approach in imparting his artistic knowledge, ease, and processes. Proceeds from the sale of these reasonably priced pieces will be used by the Alden Mason Foundation to establish a scholarship for Fine Arts Students at the University of Washington.
The pieces range broadly in media and style and include work from design, watercolor, mixed media and drawing classes Mason taught. The grouping includes a watercolor painting created by Chuck Close, a student of Mason's in the late 1950s. Foster/White Gallery will be auctioning this piece, with the proceeds going to the Alden Mason Foundation. 

Mason was an inspiration and mentor to his students, many of whom have contributed their memories of and experiences with the artist to the exhibition text. They talk of Mason as full of life, vibrant, and dynamic, with a passion for dancing and a love of nature that filled his paintings.  

 Alden Mason, Primal Baskets, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 42 inches
"I took many independent studies with Alden. The 4 & 5 year painting students shared a classroom where we could set up our spaces and leave them. Professors would come to this space and talk with us about our work. When we started, Alden thought my work was too dark and brooding. He encouraged me to have humor and color - a sense of fun. It's always in my mind as I work."
- Allison Collins

“[...] He always seemed to be just back from, or heading out for a fishing trip, and always wore his Fred Flintstone style fishing hat in the building. The class was loosely based on the landscape, and I remember him telling us that the ground was usually and surprisingly lighter than the background - or sky because of the light coming from above. He was very amusing and lighthearted, but took the act of art-making very seriously, and I think he made a good impression on all of us.” - Whiting Tennis

"[...]He asked everyone to gather around and instructed us that we were to paint something unique that resonated with our own personal perspective. The constraints he said, were that we could use only three colors, black, white and gray and that we could only paint the objects he provided. This he said was often the challenge in life, to make something beautiful out of what life provides and be prepared to change course. It was this lesson, more than any others, that stuck with me over the years and provided the key to solving enumerable quandaries. [...]" - Deb Hunter

"[...] His entire being danced with such energy, that he seemed to shake with life. His voice would shudder with laughter,
even as he gave a student the most devastating of criticism. [...]"
- Linda Beaumont

"[...] He loved sharing the joy of making art with all of us, his students, colleagues and friends. He had ambition for himself, and for all of us as well...he wanted every one of us to have a successful career. [...]"
- Gene Gentry McMahon

Alden Mason’s retrospective exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Fly Your Own Thing, is on view through October 10, 2021. Greg Kucera Gallery will be showing a selection of Mason's painting and drawing through- July 10, 2021, as well as watercolor paintings by Ray Hill, Mason’s instructor and mentor.
Alden Mason held a BFA and an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. He had his first solo exhibition in 1946 at Henry Art Gallery, and his work was shown extensively, including at Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA to name a few. His paintings are part of dozens of Museum and University collections including San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL; and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. Alden Mason passed away in February, 2013. He was 93.
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JUNE 2021 | DAVID ALEXANDER | SECOND TIME AROUND THE COASTLINE

David Alexander, When They Fall Rock Island Remains and History Becomes Mystery,
acrylic on canvas, 56.5 x 66 inches

 

DAVID ALEXANDER
Second Time Around the Coastline
June 6 - 26, 2021 

 

Water is a recurring character in the artwork of painter David Alexander. Often mirroring his abstracted landscapes with reflections, Alexander invites us to keep our eyes on the surface of the water he depicts. Some paintings feel like he has completely shortened his depth of field until we are right upon the organic moment he is sharing. Finding nuance and contrast in light and landscape, Alexander’s emotive renderings of natural places fill the two dimensional surfaces of each canvas with intrigue; marks made not only tell a story of place, but also capture the hand of the artist.

This exhibition includes paintings that range from abstract reflections, wide landscapes, and bright, lyrical explorations with attractively amorphous natural forms. Says Alexander, "I pay attention to the impermanence, transience and vulnerability of land, how it is used and/or abused. Many viewers have commented on how abstract my paintings are. I don’t disagree, but I feel they have the amount of representation in them that allows me to work more experimentally and freely within the genre of landscape."

 

David Alexander

 

Alexander studied at the Vancouver Art School and Langara College, both in Vancouver, BC, and holds a BFA from Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana. He also received an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. He has been a visiting artist and instructor across the globe, and participated in residencies including being a guest artist in residence at the Morris Graves Foundation and the Grand Canyon’s Artist in Residence Program.  Alexander’s work is part of numerous museum and gallery collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC; Notre Dame University, Indiana, and Museum London, London ON. In addition, his work is in Embassies in Berlin, Beijing and Krakow. Corporate and private collections include works in major cities in North America as well as in Dubai, Seoul, New York, Mumbai and Nice, among others.

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MAY 2021 | MARK REDISKE | LEVI TENENTE

Mark Rediske, Lumen I, mixed media on panel, 42 x 42 inches

 

MARK REDISKE

levi tenente
May 6 - 22, 2021 

Mark Rediske's artwork is uniquely born of a complex process. It exudes a powerful yet quiet presence, a timelessness and organic quality. Often referencing mythical or ancient civilizations and geographic points, Rediske highlights our collective narrative and shared connection to the natural world. In this body of work Rediske explores a return to light, both figuratively and literally.

Says the artist "The last year has been an ordeal and a test of resolve to sustain hope, empathy and a reverence for beauty. [...]These paintings have a heightened sensibility of light and dark with the aspiration of light emanating through."

Rediske achieves an effect that gives his pieces a feeling of timelessness. Richly saturated hues are tempered by warm neutrals, rich blues and greens give way to  soft golds. A master of his craft, Rediske’s panels are flawlessly executed. There is a relief  in sharing space with his artwork; a calm, meditative quality extends from the pieces themselves, quietly inviting reflection and introspection.

 

Mark Rediske, Lumen V, mixed media on panel, 42 x 42 inches

 

Mark Rediske holds a BFA and an MA from St. Cloud University, St Cloud, MN. He has shown his work across the United States, including Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, and began showing at Foster/White Gallery in 1991. He was an instructor at St. Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN; Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA; and Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, Portland, OR. Rediske’s artwork is held in dozens of collections including American Airlines, Seattle, WA; The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC; Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ; Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA; and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chicago, IL. 

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APRIL 2021 | CASEY McGLYNN | LANDING IN THE CROW'S NEST

 

Casey McGlynn, Ex Bird, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 96 x 96 in.
CASEY MCGLYNN | LANDING IN THE CROW'S NEST
April 1 - 24, 2021

Casey McGlynn creates layered multi-media pieces with a focus on painting and collage. His honest creations pull from ongoing personal narratives and delve into intimate realities of his life and internal dialogue. Approaching sadness through humor and with penchant for all things punk, McGlynn's visual language is full of symbolism. Colors tend towards highly saturated, bright, and varied, with figurative elements outlined in black paint. In Landing in the Crow's Nest we see deep greens and blues offsetting neon oranges and pinks. Whales, turtles, horses and birds coalesce, a riot of forms and colors filling space.

These pieces teeter on the edge between distressed  and reflective; meandering through a collection of thoughts before ultimately returning to their starting point.

In this body of work, Landing in the Crow's Nest, McGlynn's starting point was the idea of returning to or finding home, landing in a place of healing. In this case, The Crow's Nest refers to McGlynn's new studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. The title piece, imaged above, depicts the artist's mother's house, and above the compartmentalized structure, perches a bird. There is a sense that from its vantage point, the bird has landed, calmly, in a place of its choosing. 

 

Casey McGlynn, Sentimental Journey, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 71 x 128 in.

Casey McGlynn holds a Diploma from Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON. He has shown his work across North America, most recently with his 2019 solo exhibition at Foster/White Gallery, and at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; by invitation at the Alabama State Council of the Arts, Montgomery, AL; at the Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY; and as a featured artist at the SOFA Exhibition in Chicaco, IL. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, has been a guest lecturer at several universities including at Brock University, St. Catherines, ON. His work is part of collections across North America.

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March 2021 | Tony Angell | Of Time and Place

 

 

Avian conservator and artist Tony Angell’s approach to art making has always centered around revealing not just the anatomical attributes of his subjects, but their unique characteristics, temperaments, and even the mood of the creatures he depicts. With this body of work, Of Time and Place, Angell takes it a step further, telling a complete story of a moment, allowing viewers to truly see beyond the creature into the a full narrative.
 
Best known for his stone and bronze sculptures, Angell has also created prints, drawings, and clayboard works in tandem with his three dimensional pieces. Of Time and Place consists completely of lithographs made over the last 35 years which Angell has revisited, hand-coloring each with pastels. “As I revisited each piece, I found myself more involved with the stories and what I could see in color. Color captures the attitude. Color invited me to do a lot more than simply interpret the form, design, and characteristics [of the birds]. The color gave me the opportunity to see the stories surrounding each subject, and the moment they were in.”
Pieces in the exhibition will range in size from 8 x 10 inches to 42 x 28 inches in size.
 

Tony Angell holds both a BA and MA in speech communication from the University of Washington, Seattle. Among other awards, he received the V&A Illustration Award and Overall Winner from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, for his work on In the Company of Crows and Ravens, written with John Marzluff.  Angell’s work has been featured in dozens of gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, WA; and the Gilcrease Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK. His work can be found in many private collections and in public collections including  Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

 

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