In a first of its kind exhibition, two historically critical, if less popularly recognized, American painters of the 20th century – ROLPH SCARLETT and WALTER QUIRT- are featured in this important gallery exhibit comprised of paintings dating from 1932 to 1962.
Scarlett and Quirt were influential painters who have often been labeled by a specific art-historic style or movement in mid-century New York: Scarlett as a Non-Objective painter and Quirt as a pioneer of Social Surrealism. But they retained a passionate freedom of artistic expression, prior to and following these periods, that transcended the labels and is often overlooked or ignored. This exhibition presents work eschewing each artist’s style or movement they were identified with, in favor of less known but highly significant paintings that vary from abstraction to figurative expressionism.
Frederick Holmes and Company – Gallery of Contemporary Art is a bit different from many Seattle galleries, which show predominantly regional or local artists. Comprising two floors, our mission is to introduce emerging Contemporary artists of national/international prominence, working in a variety of mediums and genres, never shown in Seattle before, to the evolving Pacific Northwest art market. Since it’s opening, the gallery has hosted numerous solo exhibitions by artists from Miami, New York, London, as well as Portland and Seattle; plus several group exhibitions of International Contemporary and Historic Modern.