The inaugural edition of the Seattle Art Fair is set to get underway at the end of this week. The fair is brought to you by Art Market Productions, responsible for a number of major art fairs including Art Market San Francisco, and Vulcan Inc. The Seattle Art Fair is a platform designed to showcase the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. The fair aims to be a destination for new and established collectors alike. The Seattle Art Fair will feature approximately 40 leading local, regional and international galleries. Seattle is known for its commitment to the arts through support of cultural organisations and institutions. We’ve taken the time to select some of our favourite works on show at the fair.
Graham Gillmore – Your Proportions Are Not That Exquisite, 2012
The artist is a Canadian painter best known for his vitriolic use of text as an art form within edgy and often controversial work. Over the past 20 years he has positioned himself internationally developing a stellar reputation across Canada, the United States and in Europe. Elements of his early home life helped shape his imagery and provided a foundation for his future career. His accountant father provided him with countless ledger sheets to draw on which inspired his use of text. Gallery 16 represent the artist at the art fair.
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Frank Gehry – Untitled (Hong Kong III), 2013
The artist is considered as one of the most important architects of the 20th centuries. Frank Gehry is also considered to be a pioneer of Deconstructivism. This is a movement that exploded the tenets of Modernist architecture, replacing its geometry and rational order with fragmented forms and fluid, non-rectilinear shapes. During his early career, Gehry worked in the international style established by the Bauhaus and French architect Le Corbusier, but was increasingly drawn to the avant-garde. The artist is on display with Gagosian Gallery at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Alexander Kroll – High Superior, 2014
The artist only fully embraced abstraction and improvisation in painting after moving to Los Angeles. He has stated that the paintings were never planned and draws comparison with his work to the city of Los Angeles. Kroll stated ‘they’re a lot like Los Angeles: there is a total lack of concern with planning’. The artist considers himself a lifelong student of the ‘technology of painting’. He is known for his mixed media work and multi-layered works in which oil, acrylic and enamel bleed and run into one another. James Harris Gallery, Seattle, represent the artist at the fair.
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Sophie Narrett – Stars Align, 2014
The artist draws inspiration from social media and various other sources. This includes the like of pop tabloids, soft porn and fashion photography. The artist then weaves this imagery into a beautiful skeins of coloured thread that form these uniquely fabricated scenes. The line between fiction and reality is toyed with and blurred in her work. The Freight + Volume Gallery, New York, represent the artist at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Popel Coumou – Untitled PC84, 2013
The Dutch Photographer’s work has been exhibited in a number of national galleries. Her art is inspired by this naturally occurring play of lines. The artist tries to stimulate these lifeless but highly evocative areas by shaping her own slices of constructed space. She uses a great variety of techniques to construct the illusion of place. She then carefully lights the architectural collage to add the suggestion of a third dimension to the photographs she takes. The artist is also used as our feature image for the article. The gallery LMAK Projects present a stirring solo show of the artist at Art Seattle 2015.
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Jennifer Dalton – Judgements 25 Cents, 2013
Conceptual artist Jennifer Dalton measures self-worth and cultural value in paradoxes. In her view opposing values, emotions and attributes often exist not in balance but in constant asymmetrical flux. Her drawings, sculptures and installations excavate, organise and evaluate cultural information according to her own personal criteria. Her subjects are often chosen in an attempt to test a hypothesis or to dissect a chip on her shoulder. The artist is represented by Charlie James Gallery at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Regina Scully – Passage, 2011
The artist attempts to paint from an open universal point of view. This is so that the viewer is able to explore her painting and find familiarity. Her new works are the result of an intuitive creative journey. She views each blank canvas as an unexplored terrain for her imagination. Her paintings and work on paper incorporate intuitive mark making in thick bold gestures along with extremely delicate lines that are layered with rich and subtle colour. Octavia Art Gallery represent the artist at Seattle Art Fair.
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Cordy Ryman – Bittar 14, 2014
The artist creates intentionally rough-around-the-edges but beautifully composed abstract sculptures, installations and wall pieces from salvaged and painted wood. The artist is the son of Robert Ryman and Merrill Wagner and has been immersed in art since birth. He fuses painting with sculpture and planning with spontaneity. Through this he makes his works out of scraps of wood re-purposed from his own, older installations and cast-offs. Galerie Zürcher, New-York / Paris, represent the artist at the fair.
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Emily Eveleth – Exchange, 2014
The artist applies classical painting techniques to her quotidian, though evocative subjects. She is perhaps best known for her dramatic paintings of doughnuts in monumental scales. In the works such as this one, Eveleth treats the doughnuts as isolated still lives, with gestural brushwork and dramatic lighting. She is also working on an ongoing series of an anonymous pair of hands holding a variety of objects. Danese/Corey, New York, represent the artist at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Richard Hambleton – Horse and Rider, 2004
The famous artist has often been referred to as the godfather of street art. He is a surviving member of a group, who together with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat had great success coming out of the New York City art scene during the booming art market of the 1980s. Much of his work is considered to be graffiti art, however, Hambleton considers his work to be ‘public art’. Some of his most famous work includes his ‘Mass Murder’ paintings, in which he would draw a police chalk outline around a volunteer and splatter red paint around the area to give the effect and shock of a real crime scene. ACA Galleries represent the artist at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Dustin Yellin – Psychogeography 73, 2015
The artist is as well known for his image-rich sculptures as he is for his entrepreneurship. This is reflected in his contemporary art hub, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, his magazine of artist interviews Intercourse and for running his own studios and commercial galleries. For the artist all of these projects are interconnected and he has described them as ‘working in layers’. Layers define his work as his sculptures are made of layered glass panels that have been painted. Winston Wächter Fine Art represents the artist at Seattle Art Fair.
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Ian Ingram – Minotaur, 2015
The exquisite detail and the iridescence of his face were inspired when a fly landed on the artist’s windowsill. While in his studio in Mexico the artist studied the fly under a microscope. It was then that he noticed the way that light reflects off a fly and this is what he emulated in the painting of himself. In person the intricate detail is even clearer. A small grooved outline around his head is filled with gold lead and the lines radiating from the bottom of the image are composed of copper wire. The gallery 101/Exhibit of Los Angeles represent the artist at the fair.
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Kevin Appel – Kissing Cousins, 2014
The artist uses photographs as a ground on which to build his paintings. Appel applies layers of paint to the mechanically printed image on each canvas. The abstract application of paint creates a sense of layers within the image. In compressing the space with a screen of paint, it gives the viewer the impression they are looking from one image to the other. The added layers create another dimension to the work and encourage the viewer to explore the image. Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe represent the artist at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Jessica Lynn Bonin – the one that got away, 2015
The artist’s work is a study of the aesthetic vernacular of Americana. This looks at how the artefacts, symbols and images of our culture inherently transform, confine and define us both now and throughout history. The artist is intrigued by how the appropriation of an established and visual language inherently triggers a subconscious recognition in the viewer. This gives the work both a cultural concept and acceptance through familiarity. PUNCH gallery represent the artist at the Seattle Art Fair.
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Mark Cooper – Vietnamese Kite I, 2015
In this collaborative sculpture, Mark Cooper painted on silk provided by Vietnamese kitemaker Nguyễn Đăng Hoàng. Nguyễn then produced several kites out of Cooper’s paintings. This form is the first in a series of kites that have been produced in a variety of traditional and experimental forms. The collaborative efforts between the artists’s will also be shown in exhibition internationally. Samsøñ gallery in Boston represent the artist at Seattle Art Fair.
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