Was born in London in 1936, the youngest of nine children. John Cole was an orderly man; his home, shop and studio were always tidy—things in careful stacks and neat rows, all of his tools were clean, sharp and in austere readiness. Yet he had experienced and been shaped by chaos that would challenge anyone’s sense of order; living though the bombings of London—John, as a little boy, spent the air raids barricaded alone in the dark cavity under the stair. His paintings echo the solitude and the awesomeness of that early experience contained in the borders of the frame and the craft of a master painter.
Jay Steensma (1941-1994), was a Pacific Northwest artist, primarily a painter, who was a student of the Northwest School of artists. He was extremely prolific, and explored alternate media, and materials, and was known for painting on brown paper shopping bags. Chalices, snakes, houses, clouds, birds, and fish are frequent subjects in his work.
Steensma was born December 8, 1941, in Moscow, Idaho, the eldest son of John and Oliva Steensma, and was raised in nearby Belmont, Washington. He moved to Seattle in 1959 to attend the University of Washington School of Art. While at the UW, he won a prize in the Northwest Printmakers Annual at the Henry Art Gallery. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962, he studied with Morris Graves, and befriended Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, and other artists of the original Northwest School. He briefly worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, then in 1965 returned to Seattle, where he taught at the Cornish College of the Arts
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1992) He is recognized as the last great master of the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock printing and painting. He is also regarded as one of the form's greatest innovators. Yoshitoshi was interested in new things from the rest of the world, but over time he became increasingly concerned with the loss of many aspects of traditional Japanese culture.
Guy Anderson (1906–1998)
Was born in Edmonds, Washington, was a Northwest Abstract Expressionism painter. Along with Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey, Anderson was identified in a Life Magazine article (September, 1954) as one of the "Northwest Mystics," In 1929, he won a Tiffany Foundation scholarship. In 1975, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Morris Graves (1910–2001)
Was a Northwest expressionist painter that rose to national fame. He founded the Northwest School along with Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, and Mark Tobey.
Richard Beyer (1925-2012) An American sculptor known for his playful caricatures that were most often rough-hewn from Styrofoam blocks, and cast in solid aluminum. He is best known for the 1979 sculpture, People Waiting for the Interurban, which is in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
Philip McCracken (b. 1928)
Is well-known for his highly stylized birds, but in his career, he has embraced an impressive variety of forms and media. His birds are important, because they illustrate how he connects the images of several cultures. First, he is an artist out of the European tradition, and he matured as an artist in the mid-century which was a period heavily influenced by Japanese art and architecture, and his work as well as many of the artists of that time including Morris Graves reflects that influence. Lastly, his work connects to Pacific Coast Native culture in spirit and in form, and like Guy Anderson, produces insightful connections to Native imagery.
Fritz Eichenberg (1901 –1990)
Was a German-American illustrator, born into a Jewish family, who worked primarily in wood engraving. His best-known works were concerned with religion, social justice and nonviolence. He moved from Nazi Germany in 1933 to New York City where he taught at Pratt. As a book illustrator, Eichenberg worked with many forms of literature but specialized in material with elements of extreme spiritual and emotional conflict, fantasy, or social satire, illustrating such authors as include Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Poe and Swift.
Earned a BFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, Studied at the University of Applied Arts, Prague, University of Applied Arts, Prague, Czechoslovakia and Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington.
Therman Statom (b 1953)
is an American Studio Glass artist whose primary medium is sheet glass. He cuts, paints, and assembles the glass—also adding found glass objects to create his sculptures. Statom is known for site-specific installations. Studied at Pilchuck Glass School; he earned a BA at Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Art from Pratt Institute
Walter Lieberman (b 1954)
B.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art. A participant in the Studio Glass movement, he specializes in painting on glass with enamels. Lieberman has taught at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA and Penland School in Penland, NC.
Earned a BFA in drawing and painting, University of North Dakota, and his MFA Drawing and Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Jerry Iverson (b 1951)
earned a B.A. Philosophy, St Olaf College, Minnesota in 1974. Iverson layers tissue paper and rabbit skin glue to gessoed panels, creating layered compositions exploring the landscape of language. “In 1996 and 2003 we had to evacuate because of fires near our home,” Iverson said, of his home near Big Timber, MT. “The burnt trees make stark and oddly balanced black lines, and the dry grass and snow give a beautiful golden white background. I love the look of this harsh land.”
Ed Musante (b. 1942)
Earned a BA 1965 in Art History, University of California, Berkeley, CA, then worked for the Peace Corps in Africa until 1970. He earned a BFA in 1981 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA then an MFA in 1999 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. For many years, Musante painted mysterious, solitary animals and figures on a textured backgrounds; they are suggestive a dream world.
Masks are both primitive and contemporary
Is currently enjoying a second retrospective at the Bellevue Art Museum and a great article in the Times by Michael Upchurch. Read the Seattle Times article here. Warashina was born in Spokane in, and was raised there before attending the University of Washington in 1958 where she eventually taught.
Robert Motherwell (1915 –1991)
Was an American painter, printmaker and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School (a phrase he coined), which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston.
Was born outside of Philadelphia, PA and now lives in Vaughn, Washington. In 1975, she earned her BFA Ceramics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, and in 1981, she earned a MFA in Ceramics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. In 1986 She received a visual arts Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was awarded first-place in 2005 for the Virginia Groot Foundation grant.
Terry Turrell (b, 1941)
Seattle artist Terry Turrell his primitive paintings and sculptures have a humorous, quirky and folksy quality. His work shows internationally, and his work has been recently documented on the Seattle Channel - See it here.
Julie Speidel (b. 1941)
Is a sculptor from Seattle. She is the daughter of author/historian Bill Speidel. She is also part owner of the Seattle Underground tours company, which her father started. She went to Europe when she was 12 years old to attend boarding schools in Sussex. She returned to the USA and studied at the University of Washington and Cornish School of the Arts. Her public sculptures are displayed at William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse in Seattle, United States embassies.