ArtsWest’s gallery is a generously-sized, C-shaped exhibition space [the open space in the “C” is ArtsWest’s theatre] that features work by contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest region.The exhibitions, usually featuring one artist, run concurrently with our mainstage productions.
Informal, conversational artist talks are featured at each show’s reception. Each artist in the exhibition speaks briefly about their work and visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. Both lively and informational, the talks give visitors a chance to meet the artists and consider the intersection of the work with contemporary issues.
The 2019-2020 Call for Art is closed. Information for the 2020-2021 Call for Art will be released by late Spring 2020. Our Gallery seasons run concurrent to our theater seasons – September thru August.
Now in the Gallery
Mar 12 – Apr 05 2020
Artist: Max Marlett
Symbols and Archetypes: Modern Reflections of the Past
Marlett is driven to investigate the thread that connects the symbols and archetypes of classic stories to generate a new perspective for his subject matter. By looking at life through a lens outside of time, he can get to the heart of what remains the same throughout human history. Despite the new era of technology we are living in, we are faced with the same desire to live with a life of purpose. Through these juxtapositions, he hopes to express the dominance of nature over human innovation, an remind people of our ephemeral relationship with the natural world.
Max Marlett was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Gonzaga University in 2015. Max works primarily in oil on canvas and oil on panel. Painting from life has been fundamental for his development, but he also paints from sketches, collage and photography. This year, Max has a painting accepted in the Center on Contemporary Art’s Member show in 2020. In 2019, he received the Kent Summer Art Exhibit Purchase Award from the city of Kent, Washington. Max also has two paintings on permanent display at the Paragon Restaurant in Seattle. Recently, Max has been inspired by works in cultural anthropology, gonzo journalism, and horror movies from the 1980s. Above all, Max believes that it is important for the artist to create their own world in order to have a dialogue with modern culture. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington and shows his artwork throughout the Pacific Northwest.
To see more of Max’s work visit his website at maxmarlett.com or Instagram @max.marlett