The latest news from Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery at Bellevue Place in downtown Bellevue:
|We are pleased to offer the newest works by our youngest and emerging artist, Brooke Westlund to our main gallery. Last year, Brooke was kind enough to let us show her works for an all too short exhibit as she helped lead us into our annual Dr. Seuss exhibit.
Her opening and one week exhibit was overwhelmed with patrons and friends all supporting her.
While we might not be the brightest color in the paint box, we do have over 30 years experience in the art business and when you come across an artist like Brooke Westlund, it isn’t a difficult decision to make the most out of that opportunity. So over the past year, her work has had a constant presence in the gallery with her Seattle and Northwest scenes being very popular with residents and travelers alike.
Keep in mind that her work is very affordable right now, but I don’t expect that last for too much longer and this exhibit might be a good opportunity to add not only a Westlund to your collection, but one that is very affordable also.
Exploring her love of life and all that it encompasses: texture, simplicity, complexity, movement, color, spontaneity, awareness. Brooke’s mixed media abstract paintings show her world through each moment she spends in the studio creating.
Brooke Westlund uses many different techniques and materials to create her abstract paintings. Different typed of paints, transparent photographs, dry pigment powders, stamps, encyclopedia cut outs, ribbon, etc. She blends them with big brushstrokes, splatters, drips, bold colors. The result of her time spent in the studio, the paintings, are her way of sharing her love of life with the world.
On the painting – “They are composed of many different moments of their own layered upon one another, there is a certain point where the painting seems finished but really it is just time to move onto a different stage in its life, in fact each painting continues to change each moment as more and more people experience it, it is ever evolving. It changes depending on where it is hung at the time and who walks by. Even if you see the painting in a bar for a second as you walk by you had a moment with it and so you and the painting each contributed to each others lives even in a tiny way. This process of being in the moment is how we should view our lives, not being attached to any one moment but just moving along. Not worrying about the future or the past.” -Brooke Westlund
Gallery II – New Works
Along with our exhibit of emerging artist Brooke Westlund, we are pleased to exhibt a small selection of new works by seasoned professional, Ricco DiStefano.
Known as a “Contemporary Expressionist Impressionist” DiStefano exhibits widely across the western US and has found his work making it into top collections everywhere, both public and private.
“I feel my paintings should take the viewer to another place, and even another time. My landscapes give me the opportunity to interpret deep feelings and strong memories of valuable moments in my own life. Drawing on my love of my native Eastern Washington, many of my works are not literal views, but idyllic windows to a specific feeling. My work often takes into account the ambient sounds that color a moment, as well as the visual. I intend for collectors to be reminded of special times in their own lives. It’s important to me that there is a feeling of movement or animation in my work. My use of shadows allows me to do just that, as the shadow represents a fleeting moment in time. The shadowman is not intended as a literal image, but rather a reflection or the shadow of one’s spirit.”
Shadow Man Works
“I just love these pieces. They result from layers of color and shape being worked and reworked with no particular goal in mind, except to catch a spirit. I chose to make the beings more a feeling or reflection of a mood. To me, they all have very distinct personalities, and are as complete as any detailed illustration could ever be.”
As we walk through life, we are not just the physical body we occupy. We cast shadows all around us, and visit our reflection on surfaces. The shadows and reflections are as much a part of us, however temporary, as the body we carry. What we really are at any given time is the memory of a physical moment, a snapshot in time.
Man’s ongoing struggle with loneliness and longing for meaning are very predominant in these works. These paintings are my attempt to freeze time, leaving the world a reminder of just how fleeting life is, and how amazing the human creature is that experiences it.
All these paintings are mixed media on gallery wraped deep canvas. Finished with protective varnish. Ready to hang with or without framing.
“I was born into a family of artists, both visual and musical. As an artistic child, boredom was a foreign concept to me. My passion is to take the moments that happen in my mind and share them with the world. In doing so, I hope to provoke thought or inspiration, or just a momentary escape for the viewer. I feel stronger than ever that – as William Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth –“Life’s but a walking shadow.” We can only experience life, moments at a time. We cannot control time, and it stops for no one. As an artist, I try to leave my personal stamp on this temporary world, hopefully giving something beautiful as a gift for those who follow.” Ricco DiStefano
|New Works in the Gallery
Every month we acquire new and interesting works for the gallery that don’t always get seen as part of an exhibit.
Also, please keep us in mind for any Dr. Seuss work you might be interested in collecting as we continue to offer these fun and playful prints as Washington’s only authorized dealer for the works of Dr. Seuss.
|Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery
800 Bellevue Way N.E. Ste. 111
Bellevue, WA 98004