We are pleased to offer the new works by Northwest artist, Mark Skullerud for the month of May as we exhibit "Seattle Re-Cline".
This year Skullerud brings us new, sharp and crisp, stylized paintings of some of Seattle's known and lesser known urban scenes.
Skullerud's new and mature urban landscapes draw heavily upon his power as a trained illustrator while balancing his interest in abstraction. We can see where cubism makes a subtle appearance as a tool to establish his version of the overall concept that could be termed as "objective correlative"
With a Cubist style and evocative colors, Skullerud depicts our contemporary and pedestrian lives with bridges, boats, parks, buildings and urban streets. He doesn't romanticize the subject, but rather breaks it down to an objective correlative that allows the expression of an emotion to be translated through events, objects and color palette depicted. The visual narrative of his paintings are really very well done.
On the flip side, Skullerud has additional works that fall far more closely in line with abstraction. Using a method he describes as undirected drawing, he creates unexpected compositions that rely on our innate tendency to find order in chaos. As with his more representational work, each piece begins with a graphite composition leading to one or more small color studies and finishing with an oil painting.
He wants viewers to know the beauty that’s visible every day, and to recognize the fleeting and subtle light that is gives the region its character and identity.
The geography of Seattle and the Puget Sound are all about hills, valleys, rivers and waterways. He sees mountains and urban hills as a performance stage for lighting. They are sculptural like muscles, 3D forms that serve to show off the cloud shadows and sun, the filtered light that changes from moment to moment with the seasons. They are, from a distance, textural. As cloud shadows slip up and over peaks, the textures take on new vibrancy or subtlety that shows in the small color changes washed and rewashed by distance and atmosphere. He sees a never ending movie that makes this part of the world a place worth living in.
As with our past exhibits with Skullerud, the selection of artwork is diverse and there is really something for everyone. Small acrylic studies on canvas and the original concept drawings done in graphite are also available as support works to the larger completed paintings.