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Norman Lundin, The Music Room

Norman Lundin, The Music Room (2008), oil on canvas [Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Portland OR, Nov 19-Jan 22]

Norman Lundin: Inside/Outside

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Salem OR – Nov 19-Jan 22, 2012

This exhibition brings together some 30 paintings and drawings in the elegant signature style of the highly regarded artist, Norman Lundin. Well-known for his subdued, often foreboding, and contemplative approach, Lundin’s interiors, still lifes and landscapes give a distinct perceptual impression of the solitary experience.

The attention given to immaculately rendered glass jars, tin cans and other studio objects reflects the pensive state that artists often deeply sink into during the creative process. With a focus on defining and articulating space, his investigation into the characteristics and effects of the use of light lies at the core of Lundin’s artwork.

According to Lundin, the intention behind his compositional elements is to not communicate much emotion, but to reveal the negative space in which each physical object exists. In his words, “One cannot have an object without having a void” as “objects are not there to be described; they are there to explain the space.” This summation on the treatment of atmospheric arrangements is primary in the artist’s body of work.

Lundin is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Washington where he taught from 1964-2004. He has a long list of exhibition history and has been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and grants. His work can be found in the permanent collections of such major museums as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Seattle Art Museum.

Allyn Cantor

Norman Lundin, Trees Frozen Lake

Norman Lundin, Trees Frozen Lake (2008), oil on canvas [Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Portland OR, Nov 19-Jan 22]

Norman Lundin, Still Life for A Gray Afternoon

Norman Lundin, Still Life for A Gray Afternoon (2009), oil on canvas [Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Portland OR, Nov 19-Jan 22]


 Wed, Nov 2, 2011