Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth exhibition of work by Whiting Tennis. The title, Drawing Room, reflects the artist’s continued interest in the act of mark making. Attending a regular life drawing group, the artist typically spends his time drawing everything but the live model posing for the roomful of artists. Tennis uses this scheduled time to allow his hand to move in a practice that aims to tap some subconscious knowledge, very much like automatic
These drawing are sometimes used as preliminary sketches for finished drawings or paintings. They can also be cut up and pasted into small collages, or used as collaged elements in larger paintings. The artist can also draw over those collages, taking the works further down a road of discovery by juxtaposing disparate shapes and images. The resulting compositions contain references to art history and strangely zoomorphic or anthropomorphic creatures.
Whiting Tennis has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA in
2017; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR in 2014, and the Frances Young Tang Teaching
Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY in 2011. The artist had several works in the 2014 California-
Pacific Triennial at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. He was the 2008 recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer prize given as part of Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition. The artist was also the winner of the 2007 Neddy Artist Award for Painting awarded by Seattle’s Behnke Foundation. Major works by Whiting Tennis are in the collections of Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, and the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY.
The artist received his BFA from the University of Washington in 1984. He currently lives and works in Seattle.