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Danielle Foushée


Seattle-based artist Danielle Foushée works as a painter, sculptor, installation artist, and designer. Her work has been exhibited nationwide in cities like New York, Denver, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Most recently, Danielle’s work was shown in Destabilizing Dystopia in Edmonton, Canada. She also has temporary public artwork on view in Heaven & Earth VII at Carkeek Park in Seattle as well as at Amazon Headquarters in South Lake Union. Her award-winning design work has also been widely published. Ms. Foushée attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied Visual Arts. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Environmental Design from North Carolina State University’s prestigious College of Design. She then received her first MFA in 2-dimensional design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is currently pursuing her second MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has taught art and design courses at UCLA, USC, and Art Center.

Emmanuel Monzon


Emmanuel Monzon is a French photographer and plastic artist living in Seattle. He has exhibited his works mainly in France, Singapore, USA, China, and has also participated in several arts fairs and collective exhibitions. He graduated from the Beaux Arts in Paris, with honors (Vladimir Velikovick), and also holds a degree in Visual Arts.

The work of Emmanuel Monzon focuses primarily on the idea of urban sprawling and the urban expansion of its periphery. Monzon photographs urban banality as though it were a Romantic painting, trying only to be “stronger than this big nothing” in controlling the space by framing the subject. Monzon’s aesthetic of the banal obeys its own rules: a ban on living objects, a precise geometrical organization, and the revelation of a specific physical and mental landscape blurring the lines between city and suburb, between suburb and countryside, a process that results in an independent identity.

This aesthetic of the emptiness in my photographic work attempts to understand our current environment: Can it be one of de-civilization?

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Robert L. Horton

Robert Horton lives in Seattle and his work is in the King County Art Collection.

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Amy Pleasant


Amy is a Seattle figurative and abstract painter whose work is known for its vibrant color palette, use of pattern and abstraction. Her paintings reflect a narrative exploration of issues regarding generational transition, memory and the complexity of family relationships. Amy’s work has been exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and Amsterdam and has been one of twenty artists featured by the Woman’s Caucus for the Arts, NYC in 2012 and 2014. Amy studied design and computer animation at the Art Institute of Seattle and attended the Drawing and Painting Atelier
at the Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

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Hart James

 

Hart James studied at Northwestern University, Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has done numerous residencies in the United States. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibits as well as Invitationals.

Hart writes, “My work speaks of the energy of nature around us; the current of the water, the flow of the air, the rock formations that form the foundation under our feet and the movement of those foundations. The natural world is very simply alive. It is nothing to be taken for granted. It is as much a part of us, as our circulatory system.”

Joan Kimura

Joan Kimura has been a professional artist for over 55 years, having lived and work in New York City as a painter and illustrator, and later moving to Anchorage, Alaska, where she continued focus on her painting and became a Professor of Art at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her work is included in collections in three major museums in Alaska.

Kimura’s work primarily focuses upon and draws from the human figure, using both figurative and abstracted shapes. She describes her work as being necessarily responsive to both memory and feeling, tying these constructs to the abstracted forms and permutations she creates within her work.

Leonardo Lanzolla

Leonardo Lanzolla’s art is always intended as a poetical ephemeral visionary navigation of the senses, using color to express the conducive energy of the characters of his visual experiences. Leonardo enjoys to deconstruct the esthetic form.  The fluid properties of the paint reveals a glimpse of a shape, a form that can capture and let arise his creative unintentional painterly/carving compositions.

Leonardo explores the life and influences of characters, and their dialogues in an almost not gravitational environment, bringing forward an eclectic perception as inner medium.

The Process: The technique used in the process is called sgraffito ( to paint, scratch or  carve on plaster or clay). He paints and carves on clayboard, wood panel. The art work he paints (fluid acrylics and or oil bars) on pressed caoline clay boards (smooth or textured), white or black and wood panels. He then carves away color and sometimes add even more where carved.

Being flexible and original becomes a vehicle in the process that gives Leonardo freedom to approach the art work from different creative angles. He utilizes tools, painter knives pottery, asian and regular brushes.

Yvonne Kunz

Yvonne Kunz is an artist and educator working in drawing, painting, encaustic, and hand-made books. She is from “nowhere”, although now considers Montana and the Pacific Northwest home after a nomadic childhood. Yvonne joined the Army at the age of 17 after growing up as a “military brat.” Her mother served 25 years in the Navy, facing overt institutional misogyny daily with a straight back and her head held high. Her father was an artist who modeled perseverance on the sometimes lonely artistic journey through dedication to his studio practice. Along with being an artist, Yvonne is an educator who specializes in arts integration and TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior). She is married and has two sons. She currently lives in Olympia, WA.

Nabil Mousa

Nabil Mousa’s practice centers on abstraction through paintings, printmaking and sculpture that combine autobiography, and cultural commentary. His ability to investigate concepts of beauty as a colorist is inspired by traditional Arab culture. Influences of calligraphy and qualities of arabesque design, religious text, and architecture merge with Modernist elements, gestural abstraction, and Minimalism.

Mousa is a Syrian American, a gay man, and an activist in the LGBTQI community. His work draws on his background, his influences from various Middle Eastern traditions, and his struggle for recognition and acceptance after coming out to his traditionally conservative family. Out of these unique combinations of personal and cultural influences, he has developed a vocabulary of symbols, colors, and gestural mark-making that he uses to reflect upon this present imperfect moment. He continues to mine his personal story, resulting in a multidisciplinary practice that has evolved in the decade since his first course work at the University of Tennessee.

Nabil Mousa’s work explores concepts of balance and harmony. Inspired by the struggles and daily small victories of the Syrian people living through civil war, his work is a celebration of perseverance and joy over despair and destruction. The inspiration of Arabic design reverberates throughout his work, most noticeably in the interplay of floral and calligraphic scheme.