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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jose Rodriguez III on exhibit for "Urban Portraiture" June 11 - July 2

In this series of paintings for "Urban Portraiture" Rodriguez tried to capture the essence of Seattle with some of its urban settings and a few indiginous animals of the Northwest. His paintings are based on photographs that he took in various location in and around Seattle. His approach was: what would the city be like if all the people moved out and left everything behind? What would the face of a city filled with animals look like when they are able to move back in and make it their home again? Free to do as they will, but left with an altered habitat to roam.

"Old Willow Gold" by Jose Rodriguez
12" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Note: The willow goldfinch was adopted as the official state bird of Washington State in 1951.

"Neo Habitat" by Jose Rodriguez
18" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Racoon (Procyon lotor)
Note: Racoons are able to identify an object before they touch it because they have specialized hairs above their claws. Their paws are very dexterious and have been known to open jars, doors and complex locks.

Jose Rodriguez is a Seattle based artist with an interest in organic subjects. Much of his paintings provide provoking color contrast and a strong sense of perspective. Usually painting in oils, Rodriguez has also been known to use many different mediums in the process of painting. Formally trained in illustration he finds further interest and challenges in the fine arts.

"One Way" by Jose Rodriguez
16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas

Opossums (Didelphimorphia)
Note: Opossums are N. America's only marsupial mammal. The mother carries her young in her marsupian until they are 2-3 months old and then they are carried on her back for another 1-2 months.

There are also 4 more pieces on exhibit from this series that you won't want to miss out on, as well as, 4 other artists showing (Tim Kapler, Daniel Lumbini, Mat Savage & David Hoang). The artist opening is this Friday, June 11 from 6-10pm. Please stop by and meet the artists!

Bherd Studios Gallery
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103


ZACHB said...

These are dope!

Dexter Sargeant Rothchild said...

Neo Habitat is an awesome painting.