Thursday, April 12, 2012

Refable / Cullom Gallery

Aesop's Fable, "The Council of Mice,", 1969 by Jacob Lawrence
image courtesy of Francine Seders Gallery

In 1970, beloved luminary Jacob Lawrence was commissioned by Simon & Schuster to create a series of illustrations. With its broad appeal for both children and adults, Lawrence chose Aesop's Fables.
"Deftly capturing the fables' charm, humor, and wisdom, Lawrence's works reflect both the whimsy and the severity of these timeless morality tales that have fascinated him from his youth. Interestingly, although intrigued by the use of animals as main characters, Lawrence first sketched the scenarios with human figures, replacing them only later with their anthropomorphized forms. These figures are rendered with a rich, dynamic tension and vitality emphasized by the high contrast black and white color scheme." via

Amphibious by Robert Hardgrave (image via Cullom Gallery)

Fast forward to 2012 where local luminary Robert Hardgrave has curated a show at Cullom Gallery called Refable: Graphic Works Inspired by Jacob Lawrence and His Renditions of Aesop's Fables. This wonderful new series pays homage to Lawrence's sweet yet complex illustrations. 

The Lion and the Three Bulls by Sean Michael Hurley
(image via Cullom Gallery)

These updated takes are amazing and include work by some of the Northwest's finest. Participating artists include Matthew Dennison, Warren Dykeman, Hibiki Miyazaki, Amy Huddleston, Sean Michael Hurley, Darin Shuler, Peter Taylor, Joe Park, Gene Gentry McMahon, Stacey Rozich, Claude L. Utley, Kimberly Trowbridge and curator Robert Hardgrave.

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Joe Park
(image via Cullom Gallery)

I just can't recommend this show enough. It's sweet and fresh while our honoring one of our region's most important artists. It will be up through April 28th at Cullom Gallery.

The Dog and the Bone by Darin Shuler
(image via Cullom Gallery)

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