A pair of my favorite Seattle artists are featured on New American Paintings/Blog right now.
Princess, 2011 by Joe Park, oil on panel, 20 x 24 inches
The Gift Horse, 2011 by Kimberly Trowbridge, oil on canvas. 48 x 60 inches
Seattle artist Joe Park recently walked me through his studio before he shipped out his latest show to Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. The title, This is Prizmism, is a sly nod to the art world’s predilection to create more and more schools of -isms. Originally inspired by a J.G. Ballard story, Park has been developing his prizmism style for the past couple of years. Hallmarks are fractal, geometric explosions of light which create a crystalline cubism. —Joey Veltkamp
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Kimberly Trowbridge completed the massive oil painting Last Days of Summer before Seattle’s brief weeks of warm weather began. Working in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not surprising that a vibrant green dominates this and other works in her 2009-2010 Arcadia series of nude figures embedded in lush landscapes. While the artist’s tangible surroundings subtly factor into the work through color and form, real time, places and people are absent; instead both her paintings and studio construct unconventional utopias that only hint at ordinary existence. —Erin Langner