"On Paper" Exhibition

Jenkins Johnson Projects

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Jenkins Johnson Gallery announces On Paper, a group exhibition of drawings and works on paper curated by Karen Jenkins-Johnson and Norman Lundin, an artist and Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of Washington.

On Paper demonstrates Jenkins Johnson Gallery’s continued interest in works on paper in a variety of themes and styles from a selection of national artists. The exhibition includes figurative, landscape, and still lifes subjects both representational and abstract. Throughout the history of art, works on paper have been both studies and finished pieces; within On Paper, we have chosen to present a selection of both. We are pleased to be able to offer such a unique group of artists with such diverse styles, through whose art we are able to further explore and evaluate the stylistic progressions of works on paper in a contemporary context.

For example, leading California artist D.J. Hall’s masterful drawings star sunglasses-clad women lounging and gossiping poolside, a recognizable image for anyone familiar with her paintings, which are highly realistic, polished works tinged with gouache. Meanwhile, Ann Gale’s portraits, both painted and drawn on vellum, are studies revealing the inner psychology of the sitter, giving the figure her typical almost-Cubist style. In comparison, Sandow Birk’s drawings depict political, even controversial, landscapes to comment on current affairs; the intensity and scale of his pieces renders the viewer speechless. The exhibition also highlights imagery that just loosely falls within the context of representational art, depicting a breathtaking expressive application, such as the evocative abstractions of Katina Huston’s bicycle wheels. Regardless of how varied these artists’ techniques and subject matters are, they all represent the current state of works on paper and how they have progressed through time.

The exhibition includes an array of ground-breaking east and west coast artists and many artists that participated in West Coast Drawings VIII which exhibited at both the Seattle Davidson Galleries and in Los Angeles at Koplin Del Rio Gallery. Through this intercontinental exchange of artists we seek to broaden the scope of Drawings VIII, both geographically and conceptually, and hopefully introduce viewers to new artists and ideas within the medium.

[Image: D.J. Hall "Pool Watch" (2008) graphite and mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 in.]


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