Sunday, April 6, 2008
Paul Horiuchi: East and West
I took a short trip to Skagit valley and Fidalgo Island today. Looked like the valley needed at least one more week for the most colorful season.
My first destination was Museum of NW Art at La Conner. Paul Horiuchi, one of famous NW School artists in the last century, was on the show. He's most famous for collage w/ rice papers, his Japanese heritage. But there were some his expressionistic oil paintings from his early years. A bunch of his watercolor paintings of Japanese scenery was also impressive.
The second stop was an opening of Alfred Currier and John Simon's show at Insights Gallery at Anacortes. I especially liked Currier's colorful Skagit valley scenery in impasto style. You can get a sense of it at the gallery's web site: http://www.insightsgallery.com However, you need to go there and be close to the surface to see how he applied paint.