April 2 - May 2, 2015
THE LAURA RUSSO GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:
Fay Jones: New Paintings
Kim Osgood: Persephone's Tale: New Monotypes
First Thursday - April 2, 2015
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm
Join us for an artist's talk with Kim Osgood Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Black Swan Dilemma (ground) - 2014
acrylic on Arches en tout cas
77.25 x 52.25 inches
We are pleased to present new paintings by the well-known Seattle artist, Fay Jones. She paints playful and provocative images using a rich and eclectic vocabulary filled with a variety of characters. Influenced by her roots in surrealism and growing up surrounded by poets and writers, her subject matter alludes to comical and unpredictable narratives. Instead of finding meaning through word association, she develops meaning by provoking visual associations. Her imagery is symbolist and dreamlike. This intuitive approach directs the viewer into ambiguity to consider juxtaposition and plot, while expressing the most ethereal of references. Dancing animals, expressive gestures, simplified faces and specific colors all come together in a rich layering of pictorial poetry.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Fay Jones received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1957. In 2006, she received the Seattle Art Museum’s Poncho Artist of the Year award, and also received grants from the NEA in 1983 and 1990, the Washington State Arts Commission in 1984, and La Napoli Art Foundation in 1989. Her work has been extensively collected in the Northwest and beyond. Exhibitions include a 2007 retrospective at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, a 1997 traveling retrospective with the Boise Art Museum, and exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California. In 2010, she was included in the Tacoma Art Museum’s exhibition “A Concise History of Northwest Art.”
More examples by Fay Jones
Visitor's Coil - 2015
51 x 32 inches
This exhibition entitled Persephone’s Tale by Northwest artist Kim Osgood includes a new series of vividly colorful monotypes. Osgood’s lively one-of-a-kind prints overflow with playful and appealing elements portraying familiar imagery of birds, flora and fauna, and domestic elements. The work’s irresistible vivacity affected by her personal energy and enthusiasm is apparent in its celebration and elevation of the common object. Osgood’s personality is well suited to the spontaneous technique of monotype, laying out a composition intuitively with oil-based printing inks on plexiglass, she uses an offset press to “pull” a unique work on paper. This new body of works experiments with unique compositional juxtapositions, a variety of still life subject matter that is captured in moments of change, and a rich palette of background colors ranging from deep reds and golds to more quiet, transparent creams and warm white.
Kim Osgood has exhibited her work since the mid-1980s and her work has been part of exhibitions including the Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum; PICA; PVCA; Washington State University, Pullman; and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. She studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is well collected and is part of many collections including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA; Nordstrom Inc, in multiple states; Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR; Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland, OR; MOMO International, New York; Oregon History Center, Portland; and The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum, OR. She also received a 2011 Residency at Joshua Tree National Park in California, allowing Osgood to make work that was included in an exhibition at the park’s visitor center.
More examples by Kim Osgood
Upcoming 2015 Exhibitions
May 7 - 30, 2015
Dana Lynn Louis - Thread - New Work
Michael Dailey - Paintings from the Estate
June 4 - 27, 2015
Roll Hardy - New Paintings
Mel Katz - Selected Retrospective
July 2 - August 1, 2015
Whitney Nye - New Work
Francis Celentano - New Work