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Gillian Theobald

Studio e

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EXHIBITION: March 10 - April 1, 2023

Seattle artist Gillian Theobald walks a fine line between abstraction and reality. Her landscapes turn plants into abstracted color gestures, effectively removing a sense of place in the process of embedding mood. This leaves one with the immediacy of recognition without the ability to nail anything down, suspending the viewer in a wash of colored space. Her graphite plein air drawings are tonic, restoring that very grounded feeling that her paintings seek to diffuse. This dance has its roots in her collage works, a practice she heavily explored in the 70’s and 80’s, where her use of found packaging and ephemera retains the trace of history while bending into a new kind of landscape of relationships.

Studio e

609 S Brandon St, Seattle Wa 98108

Fri-Sat 12-5; Thurs by appt



studio e is a contemporary art space committed to exploring new territories in creative expression through a diverse program of exhibitions, talks and temporary in-situ projects.

Founded in 2014 by long time Georgetown resident Dawna Holloway as a way to support artists and encourage them to stretch their own definitions of their work – whether they be emerging or established – studio e is in itself a challenge to raise the bar ever higher. What started as an exercise in creating space for artists has become a project of creating place, with all of the relationships that grow out of that.

Whether it be through gallery lectures and artist talks, sharing space with independent curators like Melissa E. Feldman or with MAAKE Magazine, our micro-gallery (the vatican) or our pop-up installations on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, studio e aims to expand the definition of how a gallery fosters conversation and develops audience.

With a reach that is international as well as local, studio e is a labor of love, something of a commercial gallery with the beating heart (and creative flexibility of) an alternative space.

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