Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington

(206) 622-9250


Norman Lundin to Exhibit at Frye Museum

Sept. 3 - Oct. 31, 1999


The works of contemporary artist Norman Lundin (b. 1939) will be on display at the Frye Art Museum this fall, exhibiting his recent works. Best known for his depiction of blank space and quiet shafts of light falling into empty studios, Lundin has focused almost exclusively on still lifes and landscapes and more recently began to combine the two on the same canvas, with the notable absence of the human figure. (left: Prairie Fire #2, 1992, oil on canvas, 36 x 42 inches; right: Folding Chair, Jar, Coat Hanger, 1997, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 26 inches)

During the thirty-plus years he has been painting, Lundin has used the theme of light, particularly the horizontal rays of the coastal Pacific Northwest. Always a fan of Washington's famous gray skies, Lundin takes the portrayal of light very seriously. His palette shares the cool harmonies of Northwest artists such as Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, and Kenneth Callahan. "I have attempted to use light in a way that can create a subjective-expressive response to inanimate and emotionally neutral objects...Light on objects is the subject matter," Lundin says. Light is used to heighten the reality of details such as the cold metal of a folding chair or the peeling tape of a cardboard box, which seem too real to be oil on canvas.

Lundin's work is nationally known, having appeared at galleries in New York, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He also has works in museum and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Tacoma Art Museum. A professor of art at the University of Washington, Lundin has taught for three decades.

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