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.
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.
Artist Alessandra D’Agnolo’s original work is now showing at Modele’s with a festive Artist Reception on Thursday April 13th from 5pm-7pm
About the Artist:
Born in Venice in 1971, Alessandra still lives and produces art in her hometown. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, before completing her Masters in Fine Art at the Slade School in London (UCL) with a specialization in printmaking techniques. Alessandra has exhibited her work throughout Europe , the UK, America and Asia, where she was invited to participate in the Second International Art Biennale in Beijing, China. In Italy she has exhibited in Venice, Milan, Stresa, Merano, Udine, Padua and Perenone.
The artist has also been selected for two Artist in Residence programs.
Ramos Pinto in Douro, Portugal in July 2012 and Itsukaichi in Tokyo, Japan from August to December of 2010.
Alessandra’s most recent exhibition is “showing different works made with different techniques: oil paint, lithograph (pure, or mixed media on lithography, painted self developed photography).
Subjects are various: Pompeii casts, Venice (churches and abandoned hospitals in Venetian islands), bodies studies.”
She also produces original etchings on Venetian themes at her ‘Il Graffo’ studio in Venice. These prints are available to purchase at Modele’s and are a part of our permanent collection.