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Emily Wood: Recent Landscapes

Lisa Harris Gallery
Seattle WA – Sept 4–27, 2008

Emily Wood, Idaho Valley - Fall

Emily Wood, Idaho Valley - Fall (2008), oil on paper [Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle WA, Sep 4-27]

Chris Millar Heads I Made (3)

Emily Wood, Salmon River on Route 75 (2008), oil on canvas

Emily Wood's elemental landscapes capture rural scenes from northwest Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. On her extensive travels to gather subject matter, Wood photographs a region to record compositions of interest which are then used for reference when formulating her studio paintings.

With her heightened sense of colour and evocative arrangements, the Tacoma-based artist is modernist in her lyrical approach to the traditional landscape subject. She is a sophisticated colourist who transforms her initial subjects into simplified scenes which focus on tonality and a dramatic interpretation of form and hue. Stylistically her pieces are Post-Impressionist with the brilliant palette of Fauvist painters.

Wood's bold shapes and handling of paint reduce light and shadow onto graphic elements softened by the glow of her warm-toned underpainting. Her expressionistic work pays attention to both composition and subtleties in colouration. She evokes a mood rather than attempting to represent reality.

Emily Wood received her BFA from the University of Washington. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationally, including prominent survey shows at the Tacoma Art Museum and the Whatcom Museum of Art and History, and has also been featured in New American Paintings.


Allyn Cantor

 Fri, Sep 5, 2008