grisaille paintings: david c kane

Date posted: February 5, 2014

Opening Wednesday February 26 is an exhibit by Seattle artist David C. Kane: “The Grisaille Paintings.”

Join us from 3 – 7 pm in the gallery to meet the artist and hear him talk about this body of work. The exhibit will run through the month of March.

The online resource Wikipedia defines “grisaille” as “a term for painting executed entirely in monochrome or near-monochrome, usually in shades of grey. It is particularly used in large decorative schemes in imitation of sculpture.”

Robin Held, chief curator at the Frye Art Museum, described Kane’s paintings in this way: “visual influences include film, particularly science fiction and film noir, popular culture, and the artist’s own restless imagination. As a result, Kane’s paintings are populated with a host of representational images: spaceships, 1930s- and 1940s-inspired characters, doomed lovers, classical ruins, failed technologies, and utopian dreams.”

Seattle Times art critic Sheila Farr wrote “Seattle artist David Kane has worked as a handyman for the Girl Scout Council, a cab driver, a janitor at a synagogue, and — during a period he calls “Christmas in hell” — for a firm that did holiday decorations for shopping malls.”

Expect to be surprised!