Julie Blackmon / Robert C. Jones / Amanda Knowles / Michael Kenna
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Julie Blackmon is a photographer who lives and works in Springfield, Missouri. Blackmon’s photographs are inspired by her experience of growing up in a large family, her current role as both mother and photographer, and the timelessness of family dynamics. As the oldest of nine children and mother to three, Blackmon uses her own family members and household to “move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives.”
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Henry Art Gallery, and the Microsoft Art Collection. Artist monographs to date include Domestic Vacations (2008) and Homegrown (2014), and Midwest Materials (2022), published by Radius Books.
Robert C. Jones attended RISD in the 1950’s (BFA, MS) and studied under the abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman during the summer of 1952. It was at this point in his career when his focus shifted from realism to abstraction. After receiving his BFA from RISD, Jones served in the army from 1953-56. Returning to Providence RI, Jones finished up his graduate work, married fellow artist, Fay Jones, and started a family. In 1960, Robert was offered a teaching position at the University of Washington School of Art, where he continued to work until he retired in 1995. Seattle artist Robert C. Jones taught at the UW School of Art for 35 years. He continued his daily studio practice in Seattle through his 88 years of life.
In 1990, he was awarded a fellowship from Western States Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2004, he received a Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists. From 1969 through their close in 2013, Robert was represented and exhibited regularly in Seattle with Francine Seders Gallery. Starting in 2015, we began exhibiting new works by Jones – culminating in a joint exhibit with his wife, artist Fay Jones. We are proud to continue representing his estate.
Amanda Knowles creates abstract, formal artworks. Her work explores the interaction between structure and chance, combining elements of luck and control into her layered visual compositions. She describes her art as being “worked and reworked, overworked and resuscitated, simplified and finished.”
Knowles teaches art at North Seattle College, where she also acts as Director of the North Seattle College art gallery. She received her Bachelor of Arts in fine art and art history from The University of Pennsylvania in 1993, her Master of Arts from The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and her Master of Fine Arts from The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2002.
Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England, and is one of the most influential landscape photographers working today. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the natural landscape and human-made structures. Kenna is both a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant.
Over seventy monographs and exhibition catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Michael Kenna – A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli Press, 2000); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli Press, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Michael Kenna – A Retrospective (BnF, 2009); Immagini del Settimo Giorno (Skira, 2010); China (Posts and Telecom Press, 2014); France (Nazraeli Press, 2014); Forms of Japan (Prestel, 2015); Rafu (Nazraeli Press and Shuppan Kyodosha, 2018) and Beyond Architecture – Michael Kenna (Prestel 2019).
G. Gibson Projects
ABOUT THE GALLERY: The G. Gibson Gallery opened to the public in August, 1991. In the fall of 2019 we closed our retail gallery and re-opened as G. Gibson Projects, a "by appointment" viewing space located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. Owner Gail Gibson has a background in art history, painting, and photography, and worked as director of the Weston Gallery in CA from 1987-1991.
In this new phase, we continue to represent and promote both contemporary artists + secondary market works as we connect with private collectors, corporations, and institutions. We are available to discuss your collecting goals – whether you are considering your first purchase of original art, adding to an established collection, or seeking to downsize through secondary market consignments.
Additionally, G. Gibson Projects curates and showcases physical and online exhibits through partnerships with local arts organizations and alternative spaces. Please join our mailing list and/or follow us on social media to receive regular updates.
G. Gibson Projects is normally open by appointment, however this year we are primarily working via online through email, Instagram and by phone 206-587-4033. We are able to ship artwork purchases – nationally and internationally. We also make local deliveries to client’s homes in the Seattle area, taking care to do this in a responsible manner. The viewing room will reopen later this year. August 1, 2021 marked our 30th year in business.