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Norman Lundin: Mostly Landscapes

Francine Seders Gallery
Seattle Wa – Oct 6-Nov 12

Norman Lundin, Storm Along County Line Road

Norman Lundin, Storm Along County Line Road (2006), oil on canvas [Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 6-Nov 12]

Seattle artist Norman Lundin has mastered a realist style of painting where light and space are conveyed through representations of scenes inside the artist’s studio, and in depictions of outdoor landscapes.

Lundin is obviously passionate about acute observation and disciplined control. His skill and draughtsmanship is conveyed by the precise rendering and meticulous detail of ordinary studio objects like glass jars or metal solvent containers. Lundin’s crisp and detached compositions are meditative reflecting, perhaps, the artist’s own introspection, yet the sparse and intriguing arrangements also imply a human presence.

Norman Lundin, Studio in Half-Light #2

Norman Lundin, Studio in Half-Light #2 (2006), oil on canvas [Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, Wa, Oct 6-Nov 12]

Lundin’s landscape paintings are expressive. Although they also convey the same melancholy emotions, the more organic subject matter of the natural settings lends itself to looser and more liberal brushwork.

Lundin has lived in the Pacific Northwest for roughly 40 years. His work favours the soft, subdued light and the enigmatic, almost ominous atmosphere of Northwest skies, both in his formal studio paintings and in his landscapes, especially cloud covers after a storm. Lundin studied at the University of Oslo, Norway on a Fulbright Grant after receiving his MFA. He has been the recipient of numerous grants for painting and is recognized nationally in prominent collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Seattle Art Museum.

Allyn Cantor

 Sat, Sep 2, 2006