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Mar 18, 2010

Marie Watt, Marker: Complete, 2010

In recent months while searching for art on the internet, I have stumbled upon a few artists who attended the same university as I had two decades ago.  I find this to be quite coincidental, as the number of fine arts graduates is minimal.  In my graduating class alone, there were only nine studio art majors out of 400 undergraduates.  So I thought that I would display some Bearcat pride today, and feature the art of some of my fellow alumni. 

Marie Watt is a multi-dimensional artist who sculpts, prints, and sews.   Her current work is an exploration and historical study of wool blankets pertaining to indigenous people of the Northwest.  If you live in Portland, you can see her new works featured at PDX Comtemporary Art through March 27th.  

Watt, Marker: Axis Mundi, reclaimed wool and satin binding, 14.25" x 14.25", 2010.

This is one of my favorite pieces of hers. It's hand sewn! 

Watt, Custodian, reclaimed wool, 107" x 112.5", 2007.

I saw Adam Stennett's work on Artist A Day, a great website that features a different artist each day. The detail work in his paintings is pretty remarkable.  His photorealistic paintings have been displayed in various galleries and museums across the country and internationally.  He has a video installation, Mouse Swimming Overhead, showing in the Portland Art Museum through May 16th.  It's part of the exhibition DISQUIETED featuring some of the more prominent contemporary artists today. 

Stennett, Soothing Syrup with Two Poppies, oil on wood, 24" x 24", 2010.

Stennett, Underwater Mouse 1, oil on linen, 72" x 72", 2003.

I was browsing the artists featured in Sebastian Foster when I came across the works of Elizabeth Bauman.  Although she studied sculpture, she primarily paints now.  Her work is inspired by early American paintings and portrait photography. She is currently showing at Tilde in Portland. 

Bauman, The afternoon walk, acrylic, 12" x 12" panel, 2009.

Bauman, A cold day for a drive, arcylic, 8" x 16" panel, 2009.

Bauman, Lila and Fern on a holiday, acrylic, 10" x 10", 2009.


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