Bob Allen “Turning a Blind Eye” August 8 – September 9 at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery.
Please Join us for a Vernissage Wednesday – August 8, 2012 6:00 – 8:00.
Meet the Artist – Bob Allan
Bob Allan is a Nebraska based artist who was born and raised in the Midwest. It was his surroundings in the Midwest that are a visible influence in his fearless fusion of industrial materials and the strong earthen tones of his color palette.
To date, his resume reads: Merchant seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, photographer for the US Army, art director, filmmaker, art teacher and pastor. Most recently, Allen has been an art teacher in the State of Washington before retiring to Nebraska.
Due to a recent, but since resolved battle with blindness, Allan gained a renewed appreciation for his natural talent in the visual arts. His weakened eyesight, rather than being a burden to the artist, it serendipitously contributed to the unique, abstracted way in which he viewed and depicted the world, thus “Turning a Blind Eye” to what might have been a disability.
Allan’s work exudes physicality. He alternatively excavates and constructs forms to create a complex topography across the surfaces of his works that effectively project light and shadow. His confident and of the surprising combinations of various material, textures, patterns, shapes and colors are reflective of his own fascination multi-layered biography.
According to Allan, creativity is like a puzzle, the solutions to which fall secondary to the means to get there. In his own words, “The act of creativity is much more important than the finished work” This drives him to believe that many of his paintings are never finished, but rather simply await another design intervention or until the definitive finished point of being purchased by a collector to adorn their wall.
Jaime Ellsworth – Continued Exhibit
Simple forms are consistent in all of Ellsworth’s artwork where she enjoys working in series offering relationships, discovery and contrasts while creating visual situations from everyday experiences and observations.
“Although I begin with a clear idea of what I am trying to achieve the paintings actually emerge from what I already know and what I learn along the way. Each new series directs the path I take and the journey is welcomed.”
Her paintings are built of many thin layers of oil starting with a limited palette of bold colors on large canvases or wood panels. Subsequent layers allow the under paint to peek through and transparent glazes give the final surface a subtle tint.
With each work, Ellsworth invites the viewer to first look at the simplicity of the image and then beyond, opening the door to the imagination.
In this exhibit, “Acclimation” explores the ongoing story of Pagau, The Black Dog from China and Rhu, the Texas stray that were both rescued and live a renewed existence with Ellsworth as they acclimate themselves to a new environment.
Thom Ross works still available
With a successful 20 year relationship behind us, we are pleased to look towards the future and offer the new works by western artist, Thom Ross. While no longer a Pacific Northwest resident, he hasn’t forgotten his collectors in Seattle and has created a new body of work just for us.
Ross has been a regular participant in the gallery for two decades as his regional popularity has grown into international stardom. The popular western magazine, True West has named Ross
The Most Popular Contemporary Wild West Painter in the Country.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see new works by Thom Ross as we hold over this exhibit.
Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery
800 Bellevue Way N.E. Ste. 111
Bellevue, WA 98004
Located on the Courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Hotel