July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012
PAMELA DURGA ROBINSON’S BIO:
Pamela Durga Robinson is a Seattle artist whose paintings explore the interplay between societal rolls and our basic humanity. Her training in the classical tradition is fundamental to her work. She is a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier and the Drawing Foundation certificate program at Gage Academy of Art. She also studied at Pratt Fine Arts Center and is a graduate of the University of Washington. Her work was awarded first place in portraiture by Derrick Cartwright, Director of the Seattle Art Museum, in the 2010 Best of Gage Exhibit. She has exhibited her work throughout the greater Seattle area.
On any summer Saturday morning somewhere in small-town America people are gathering along Main Street to watch a parade. Strangers talk to each other, children play in the suddenly quiet street and everyone is in a party mood. At last the parade begins and the street is filled with veterans carrying flags, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, and beauty queens on floats.
Perhaps due to my background in sociology the entire phenomenon of the parade interests me. The individuals in the audience are as fascinating as the participants. I have a foundation in figurative drawing and painting from Gage Academy. For this series, I isolated figures in ambiguous space and used color to convey a feeling of being at a parade rather than a realistic scene. Separately, each painting tells its own story. Viewed together as a group, I hope they make you want some cotton candy and a balloon.
ANITA WEST’S BIO:
Anita West is an artist and art educator based in Seattle. Ms. West’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in the United States and abroad. She has exhibited in private galleries and with the Auburn, Lynnwood, and Edmonds Arts Commissions here in Washington, at the Dar El Cid in Jabriya, Kuwait; and the Jakobstad Museum in Finland. In addition, her work is in private and public collections, including those of the King County Arts Commission and the City of Sinait, The Philippines.
Anita West has taught art to students of all ages and skill levels from early childhood through adults. She has worked as a visiting artist in the Everett school district and in after school programs at schools form Seattle to Mukilteo. Ms. West spent most of her time from 2004 through 2011teaching art in the Arabian Gulf region.
These works are a closer look at the ground beneath us and the small, often overlooked objects we walk upon or hurry past. I use pattern to put some order to the chaos of the busy and tangled the world at our feet. The patterns are different and distinct to each piece, supporting the main image while inviting closer study over time.