February 6 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: First Thursday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Harris Harvey Gallery is pleased to present “Night on the Sun,” an exhibition of new works by painter Gregg Laananen. Laananen breathes life and color into the Pacific Northwest landscape with his visceral interpretations of mountain ranges, forests, and coasts, often experienced on the cusp between day and night, as the sun goes down.
The artist finds inspiration on his outdoor journeys, frequently in the woods. As he walks along the damp forest floor, he discovers the world of tiny glowing mushrooms, lichens and licorice ferns on an old cedar stump, or the continuous chatter of a creek in the mountains. These poignant revelations are somewhat like personal events that lead to drawings or oil sketches, and eventually larger paintings. Drawn from these moments, the artist’s attempt to paint the souls of these things is paramount to his artistic process.
March 5 – 28, 2020
Opening Reception: First Thursday March 5, 6-8 p.m.
John McCormick is a Northern California painter who is best known for his luminous landscapes of vast vistas featuring wetlands, hills and valleys, and the sea. His oil paintings convey a sense of the sublime in nature and as such are a subjective response to nature rather than documentation of the world he sees. Using finely tuned compositional elements, and tonal color, McCormick creates work that is a synthesis of contemporary and classical impulses. In addition to landscapes, the exhibition will introduce variations on the theme of the nature, such as birds, and botanicals. Focusing on a singular element offers a closer study and deeper union with those often overlooked parts of our everyday conversation with the world around us. Each image is first rendered with a traditional, refined stylization and is then deconstructed with painterly effects by degrees of aggressive paint application achieved with palette knives, rollers, and spatulas.
Also featured are collectible works by artist, Joel Brock (1961- 2013). Utilizing pastel, charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and gesso, Brock created light-filled compositions based upon observations of architecture, still life, and the landscape. Important to him were the possibilities a given subject affords to play with light, shape, and form. His tendency toward abstraction, especially in his later works, is evident in compositions with strong geometry and gestural mark making.
Select artworks drawn from private collections
and artist estates of the Northwest
January 9 – 25, 2020
This exhibition gathers together a unique selection of artworks drawn from private collections and artist estates in the Northwest. The provenance of an artwork typically captures the object’s history of ownership all the way back to the artist’s studio. This includes significant exhibitions and venues in which the artwork has been seen, and collections or collectors’ hands in which it has belonged. Frequently, the story of an artwork’s life is an intriguing supplement to its aesthetic charms.
This exhibition affords an unusual opportunity to view works that, in many cases, have spent years out of public view by virtue of their history with estates or private collections. All exhibited works are offered for sale and new collectors are invited to add to the journey, creating the next chapter in each artwork’s provenance.
John Cole, David Green, Ed Kamuda, John Lysak, John McCormick, Linda Jo Nazarenus, Royal Nebeker, Emily Wood, Thomas Wood, and others