- Posted June 2, 2014 by
Seattle Artist under the influence . . . of rain, by Theo Bryant
As any Pacific Northwest resident will attest: Rain renews and refreshes. From rain bouncing off the pavement, to a windy beach in a summer storm, rain evokes a range of emotions from comfort to awe. Seattle artist, Li Turner has spent the last year exploring the influence of rain on her creative process. Anyone who lives a rainy climate will relate to Li Turner's monotypes which provide timeless impressions of rain. The exhibition will take place at Gallery 110, 110 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, from June 4 thru June 28, 2014. Turner will present an Artist Talk at the Gallery on Saturday, June 14th, at 11a.m. She will also present a free Monotype Demonstration on Saturday, June 21st from noon-3p.m. The Closing Reception on Saturday, June 28th from 1-5 p.m. promises to be both informative and interesting. For further information contact the gallery at: www.Gallery110.com.
During a sneak preview of "Under The Influence of Rain" at Gallery 110, a non-profit gallery in Seattle, I spoke with Li Turner about her latest series of monotypes. “Living in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years has influenced my color pallet, my outlook on the landscape, and my desire to stay dry. In this series of monotypes I attempt to capture the natural beauty of rain swept climates.”
Turner’s monotypes including my favorites, "Downpour at Dusk" and "Seattle Sunrise", attempt to create the essence of the movement, color, and beauty encountered each time we venture into natural areas, or outside our doors for that matter. In a world of e-mails, sound bites, traffic jams, and multi-tasking, this series of monotypes, seem straightforward. Yet, they reveal themselves slowly, compounding their visual information, as one looks deeper, eliciting a meditative response, inviting the viewer to experience their natural essence. The viewer will become reacquainted with rainy beaches, torrents of rain, and elusive sunshine. This body of work encourages viewers to experience the natural environment through an artistic eye.
Theo Bryant has written introductions to the following art books: Alden Mason: A Collection of Paintings & Poems and Rural Views: A Collection of Monotypes & Haiku. He may be reached through his publisher at: contactpublisher@ HUBPublishing.com.
Mr. Bryant grants the right to print/publish this review, in whole or part, to all who would like to keep this art conversation ongoing.