VICTOR SANDBLOM & LAUNI LUCAS
Victor Sandblom, "Ode", oil on panel, 12 x 12 in, 2018
Launi Lucas, "Just a Cow (Black)",wooden buoy, boat cleat, bells, leather key ring, rope, misc hardware
7.5 x 16 x 7 in, 2018
Drie Chapek, "Inner Ease", oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in, 2018
November 30th - December 30th, 2018
Through our traditions from many cultures we bring gifts, we are more generous, and at the best of times we open up our hearts a little more. If we are lucky we return to the wonder and the magic of the child in us. Victor Sandblom, Launi Lucas and Drie Chapek all have access to that wonder and they are sharing it with us this December. i.e. is pleased to bring them together for this joyous exhibit.
“I paint how I feel I see.
History is my ship. Imagination is my compass. Inspiration and disappointment are my map. I paint how I feel, a sea.”
Sandblom traveled and studied for 5 years in Madrid, Paris and New York City. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. Now settled on a farm in the Snohomish Valley, his paintings are gentle narrative depictions at the intersection of myth and imagination with an old world feel. Often whimsical sometimes melancholy, they transport us. Sandblom is a painter who is a natural with the brush and oils. His subdued yet sophisticated palette conveys in the simplest terms the tenor of what is being said. This newest body of work is brimming with both the pastoral and the marine life.
Victor Sandblom, "Le Conte de Fee Feconde", oil on canvas, 30.5 x 66.5 in, 2018
Launi Lucas, "White Whale", wooden buoy, metal figure, trowel, misc wire, rubber, metal hardware, 16 x 32 x 12 in, 2018
"There has never been a time in my life when I haven’t been a beachcomber, daydreamer and seeker of visual inspiration."
For decades Lucas's art work was of the 2 dimensional variety; oil on canvas, sometimes collage, wax or mixed media. But it was always abstract, cerebral, minimal and tasteful. Her day job was biological illustration for the University of British Columbia, mostly insects. Longing to have something she could wrap her hands around several years ago she started working with old lobster buoys and other found objects to form beautiful, carefully scarred pieces that become whales, owls, and most recently cows. Often held and worked on for a year or more each assemblage takes on a power and personality beyond their cast off parts. Inspired by folk art and the ethos of reusing materials for her art, Vancouver resident Lucas spends scavenging time in the Skagit Valley and on Whidbey Island.
Drie Chapek, "Thick Grey", oil on canvas, 14 x 11 in, 2018
" As I move through our good life I find my work teaches me how to view the difficult and bring it to ease as well as embracing moments of beauty and sensuality when they occur. "
Chapek brings an exuberance to her paintings like few I have seen. In this way her small exhibit of her recent Bites series is well paired to the work of Sandblom and Lucas. Though stylistically more of an Abstract Expressionist - that exuberance and unpredictable use of thickness to thinness of oil paint and vivid color combinations lets us know the child is still alive in there. Typically a painter of large scale canvases (52 x 48'' a common size), Chapek has gifted us with these 14 x 11" Bites for December.