Andrea Dezsö & Gregory Grenon
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EXHIBITION: August 4-27
Andrea Dezsö | Companions Protectors
Traver Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent work by mixed-media artist, Andrea Dezsö.
Known for her hauntingly beautiful drawings, prints, and cut-paper works, this new body of work began as an antidote to the loneliness that accompanied the pandemic. Like many others, Dezsö, found herself searching for the comfort of community while beset with the intense uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the depths of this feeling rose a series of Companions and Protectors brought to life by Dezsö’s intimate dialogue with various materials. Japanese paper, watercolor, woodblock, and pyrovitreographs (one-of-a-kind monotype prints) gave rise to this richly poetic and mythic work that invites viewers to imagine their own stories.
Dezsö’s 117 Companion Protector beings are talismanic creations who defend against danger, ward off isolation, and inspire a sense of playfulness. Her pieces evoke a dream-like state while anchoring us to the reality that we cannot get through this historical time alone.
Gregory Grenon | Indelible Life - A Memorial Exhibition
In this show, Indelible Life - A Memorial Exhibition, Traver Gallery remembers and celebrates the life of Gregory Grenon. A profoundly influential artist in our region, Grenon's legacy and artistic contributions have left an indelible mark on our community. Bill Traver remembers, "Gregory's whole life was about his art. He was always a figurative painter, even when abstraction was everything, and he used portraiture to depict potent, familiar, contemporary human emotions -- connecting his audience to his subjects in a visceral way."
A long-recognized artist in the Northwest, Gregory Grenon was well known for his work as a colorist and for his unique technique of reverse painting on glass. Employing rough-hewn, deeply color-saturated oil-on-glass, Grenon's work suggests both folk-art and psychological portraiture; intensely exploratory and often voyeuristic, his work reveals the dynamic and expressive qualities of the people he painted.
Grenon was extraordinarily accomplished and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR; the Portland Art Museum; the Seattle Art Museum; the Tacoma Art Museum; the Boise Art Museum; and the New York Public Library. He is survived by his wife and collaborator, Mary Josephson, and his stepdaughter Aurora. He was a lifelong friend of the Traver family and a beloved member of our entire creative community – he is dearly missed.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY: For more than 40 years, the Traver Gallery has served as a theater for the visual arts, providing space for artists to explore their ideas and share their discoveries with the world. We are dedicated to representing artists at all stages of their career — emerging, mid-career and established — our focus is on artists who work with materials in unique and innovative ways. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Traver Gallery is one of the country’s premier exhibition spaces for contemporary studio glass, painting, sculpture, and installation art.
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