Now showing at Modele’s! Original artwork by
local Northwest artists.
Established artist Ed Kamuda creates abstractions that reveal a reverence for nature and a mystic bent that link him to Northwest School of painters such as Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey
The Pacific Northwest forests, Cascade Mountains and fields of rural Washington are the inspiration for his works. Kamuda is known for his use of simplified shapes that symbolically and pictographically convey the essence of the natural landscape and the human experience.
Kamuda works with a palette knife rather than a brush, building up and scratching away oil pigments before finishing the surface with a wax varnish to enhance and give texture to the surface. This method results in lively, faceted surfaces that complement his bold lines and shapes, and serve to reinforce his interpretation nature strong and wondrous.
Northwest artist Sylvain Klaus lived in Seattle and was known for his melancholic, abstracted seascapes and became recognized as one of the younger generation of Northwest Mystic Painters. In 1996 he was nominated for the ‘Neddy’ Award, an annual award by the Benkhe Family recognizing young artists living and working in the Puget sound area.
Klaus described his own work as being “a soulful experience…An emotional, not a cerebral, entrance into my world – our world” . . .
Skagit Valley painter William Slater began his career in New York as studio assistant to pioneering contemporary artist Jasper Johns and a friend of Mark Rothko and Tony Smith
He was born in Greenville, S.C., on Oct. 10, 1939. He attended high school in Jacksonville, Fla., where his family lived near the Trout River. That’s where he caught the “boating bug” that stuck with him throughout his life. He remained an avid fan of wooden boats and loved to work on them. Mr. Slater earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Richmond Professional Institute at the College of William and Mary in Virginia before he attended Hunter College.
Mr. Slater moved to La Conner in the early 1970s to be near his good friend, author Tom Robbins (“Another Roadside Attraction,” “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”). The two had met in New York in 1964, while Mr. Slater was in graduate school at Hunter College at the City University of New York.
When he first moved to the lush Skagit Valley, life seemed pretty idyllic to Mr. Slater. He painted, lived in a shack along the river, and married a lovely young woman, Judy Brusegaard. When it was close to time for the couple’s baby to be born, Robbins moved them into his house in town and stayed at their cabin.
In 1975, he was driving with his wife and son on the Swinomish reservation when his truck was struck by a reckless driver. Judy was killed, the baby was thrown from the truck unharmed, and Mr. Slater was taken to the hospital where he remained in a coma for several weeks.
Living in La Conner, he was often lumped in with a loose-knit group of Skagit Valley painters, although his style was distinctive. His work was shown in Seattle at Woodside/Braseth Gallery and his paintings are part of many corporate and private collections.
Also just in at Modele’s….
Exquisite examples of mid-century modern Danish design; Borge Mogensen ‘Spanish Chairs’ and Hans J. Wegner CH445 Lounge ‘Wing Chair.