Category Archives: Artists

Tabitha Abbott

Tabitha Abbott is a contemporary mixed-media creator who lives and works in Seattle, WA. She paints vivid insects and integrates them with organic elements to create delicately positioned specimens for the viewer’s assessment and analysis. Abbott’s high-contrast compositions reflect the harmony she has found between her dichotomous worlds of art and regulatory corporate auditing.

Abbott is an accountant by trade. Since earning her M.S. in Accounting at the University of Wyoming she has been working within the IT audit environments of Fortune 500 companies. Abbott and her creations have been heavily influenced by these rigid control-based surroundings. Abbott’s work is most easily recognized by the monochromatic fingerprint integrated throughout her creations – a symbolic artifact capturing who she was when creating the piece.


Michael Abraham, A Fine Bouquet – Urban, Suburban, Rural, 2014, Oil on Linen, 48 x 54 inches

Michael Abraham

From London to Singapore, and Philadelphia to Amsterdam, Abraham’s paintings are featured in international, corporate, private and public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Rockford Museum of Art and the Courtney Cox & David Arquette Collection.

Abraham’s distinct style blends social commentary and playful imagery, refined figurative works that navigate a full scope of content. Commissions include original paintings promoting the Vancouver Symphony and Vancouver Opera, as well as select private portraits and sculpture. An award winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art (OCADU), Abraham currently paints and sculpts, and runs the Michael Abraham Studio Gallery just south of Vancouver, B.C., and is a core member of the ‘Phantoms in the Front Yard’ figurative artists collective.

 

Carol Adelman

Carol Adelman is a painter who uses a sensual, aggressive approach to materials that borders on abstraction. Through her vigorous approach, she arrives at a surface that is both image and sculptural relief. Her work pushes traditional forms to embody contemporary ideas of constructed identity and a fragmented self. The lifelong bedrock of her studio practice is the live study of the human form.

Working primarily from observation and its imprint on her imagination, she melds observed figures, domestic objects and spaces with art historical sources into tableaus that explore the layered inner and outer forces forming identity.

Carol Adelman’s early work began with portraits that focus on the inner life of the sitter over multiple sittings. Portraiture remains an important element of her practice and she continues to accept commissions made from life on a limited basis.

Born in the Bronx, NY, Carol Adelman received her MFA from the University of Washington and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Among other venues, her work has been exhibited at Gallery 110, Davidson Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle and at the Bowery Gallery in New York. A highly experienced educator, Carol Adelman has held academic positions at Louisiana State University, Kutztown University, Dickinson College, and the University of Washington.

Carol Adelman is currently living in the Seattle area with her husband Malcolm Little Kennedy and maintains an active studio practice in Ballard’s Building C.

 

 

Paige Anderson

Paige Anderson is a visual artist and graphic designer living in Kingston, Washington. Working in both digital and physical mediums, her inspiration behind her work comes from wanting to find harmony between visual storytelling and color theory. Aside from digital illustration, most of her work involves painting portraiture of both animals and people alike.

Paige was born in Sacramento, California but moved to Washington at the age of 16 where she finished her high school career. Her first two years of college were spent in NYC where she studied at Parsons School of Design until the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020. Paige is now a Graphic Designer at the University of Washington where she is continuing her studies in Fine Arts.


Gina Ariko

Gina Ariko is a Japanese-American figurative painter based in Seattle, WA. Growing up, she spent every other summer visiting family in Kitakyushu, Japan, where her ojichan and obaachan first taught her to paint. Despite the language and distance barriers between them, they learned to communicate through a shared love for painting. Her interest in art and storytelling overlapped at Santa Clara University, where she majored in both English and studio art, and minored in art history. After graduation, she worked across multiple museums and organizations focused on education and community development before pursuing her art full-time in 2020.

 

Sarah Barnett

Sarah Elizabeth Barnett is a painter from North Texas, presently residing in Washington State. Sarah earned her BFA from the University of North Texas in 2018 and later attended the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Residency Program (SURP) at the New York Academy of Art. She received her MFA in 2022 from Washington State University, where she taught for a year as an adjunct instructor. Sarah has exhibited both regionally and nationally, including the 2021 AXA Art Prize Exhibition at NYAA, MANIFEST in Cincinnati, OH, the Women’s Museum in Fair Park, Dallas, TX, and the Chase Gallery in Spokane, WA. She is also a 2023 recipient of the Artist Trust Fellowship Award. A devoted oil painter with a background in figure drawing, Sarah’s paintings are highly representational and heavily distorted, with themes revolving around mortality, self-preservation, the human body, and technology. Recently, she has contributed to several mural projects in her community and hopes to help make the arts more publicly accessible.


Matthew Behrend

Matthew Behrend is a metal patina artist making work that connects to meditative or spiritual spaces beyond our senses and perceptions. His patinas are conceptual, dream-like images that transcend the material world. They hold both the physical and higher spiritual forms of existence in a moment without time. He has minimalist sensibilities depicting non-objective forms with a touch of surrealism.

Matthew’s PhD research was in the first FDA approved retinal prosthesis for restoring sight. Working alongside patients and surgeons also made apparent that sight is neither a given nor binary and brought up questions about how we perceive the world through our senses. During the same years Matthew made a religious shift from Christianity to Buddhism. He lived in a temple in Taiwan as a monastic student for a summer. Meditation practice was transformative in healing through fear and anxiety. It generated capacity to attend to things as they are.

He created a unique medium he calls electric patina, where electric fields are used to imprint images onto metal panels in an electrolyte bath. These sometimes appear more like paintings than works on metal. He sculpts electric fields in 3D to achieve a 2D imprint and experiences this process of accessing electric fields as a way of co-creating with nature. As a scientist-artist his methods draw upon media from darkroom photography to glassblowing as well as engineering technologies. He invites the viewer to experience forms without edges that do not seem to fit the usual perception of our senses.

 

Aaron Brady

Aaron Brady uses ink and graphite drawings to explore the depiction of objects in motion. His subjects are first captured with video, then line and finally transformed with washes into clouds and ghosts: imperfect mutations blurring and morphing as they migrate.

See below for a recent review by writer Saundra Fleming on Aaron Brady’s exhibition Rate of Change that premiered at Gallery 110 from April 7 – 30, 2022.


On the work of Aaron Brady 

A review of Rate of Change written by Saundra Fleming
April 29th, 2022 / Seattle, WA

Between Flourish 1 and Flourish 2 and Corrode 1 and Corrode 2, two diptychs embrace a joyous perception of life thriving on our planet, as well as the tragedy of our chaotically torched environment. A viewer can experience the whole nightmare, as it currently stands, through these poetic paintings in watercolor and acrylic on paper coming through Mr. Brady’s hand. He seems to create in us a political question through a seeming paradox. Any PROGRESS and a true political response is confusing and difficult- that would be relevant with our current form of government.

In the year 2020, as manufacturing and commuting lessened in our world, there was heightened birdsong, pollution levels dropped and we found ourselves trapped between the reality of existing on the planet and the burgeoning tragedy that we feel pretty powerless to affect. The overall feeling I come away from this work with is a kind of “riotess” cry! What can one person achieve now? At least Mr. Brady has heightened our consciousness and paints for us a vision of nature, pristine and passionately glorious.

This exhibition at Gallery 110 runs through April 30. Come experience our most political of problems for this planet.

Saundra Fleming

4/29/22
Seattle, WA

 

Denise Emerson

Denise Emerson was born in Shelton, Washington, eldest daughter of Bertha Allen who was an enrolled Twana (Skokomish) Tribal Member and Danny Emerson, Sr. who was an enrolled Dine (Navajo) Tribal Member from Sanostee, New Mexico. During her childhood she watched her parents be creative in different ways. Denise’s father oil painted and sketched while her mother sewed and beaded during her free time. She believes she inherited both of her parents’ artistic talents and skills. Denise’s sketchbook went with her everywhere, including when she visited her aunt on the Skokomish reservation. She sketched during the drive to and from the reservation, and whenever her creative energy pushed her to draw. During her teenage years Denise began painting with acrylics, beading, sewing and expanding her artistic talents.

Denise learned how to back, edge, and fringe beadwork at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), where she also took painting, drawing and design classes. At that time, she used colored pencils and graph paper to create bead designs. After many years of administrative work at the City of Seattle, Denise enrolled in the UW Graphic Design Program to bring more design training to her work. There she learned to use MS Excel and other software with a goal to design every piece with the family aesthetic in heart and mind. She continues to create bead designs in MS Excel, having learned that her compositions could be as long and wide as she wanted; the designs themselves became art pieces. Denise studies historical flat beaded bags for the contemporary beadwork that she still does and also uses those designs for prints.

You can find more of Denise’s work at her Etsy shop here.

H.R. Emi

Emi Ramirez is a visual artist who goes by the alias H.R. Emi. Specializing in painting and drawing, she creates art with the intention of capturing a disruption of emotion through everyday moments. H.R. Emi’s work blends realism, iconography, and language to create her artistic vision, often representing snapshots of familiar liminal spaces that tell a portion of an interactive narrative; this artistic narrative is also influenced by the duality of her Mexican and American background. Through art, Emi has learned how to visualize the way she navigates the world, how she records her time here, and how she reflects on her own particular lens of life.

Emi (b. 2000) is based in Yakima Valley and is a First-Generation Mexican-American with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Washington University. Currently, Emi has been interested in how her work reflects her personal intergenerational trauma due to the legacies of colonialism, systematic racism, and immigrant-related stressors. As the firstborn child of Mexican immigrants, Emi was the first to navigate many aspects of American society – creating experiences that were unexplainable to her due to lack of discussion and representation. Identifying and understanding these cycles has been Emi’s current objective with her body of work. She embraces how there is beauty within pain and expresses the way she experiences life through her artistic practice.