June 29 – September 30, 2018
The Collymore Atelier and Bellevue Arts Museum are pleased to present Vice Versa, which features oil paintings in the Impressionist style from up-and-coming atelier artists Veronique Bajzik and Spencer Gordon. Both are currently honing their skills in the Emerging Artist Program at the Collymore Atelier, where they are guided by acclaimed French Impressionist oil painter Valerie Collymore.
The Impressionist art movement began in Paris in the mid-1800s, when a group of artists rebelled against the government-sponsored art exhibitions, or “salons.” They created a new style of painting that focused less on exact realism and more on capturing the fleeting sense or memory of a scene. They often featured everyday people, street scenes, and landscapes. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of Impressionism is Claude Monet’s Water Lilies – on view to this day at L’Orangerie Museum in Paris.
Bajzik and Gordon follow this Impressionist tradition with their personal, modern perspectives. Bajzik is a French artist, who found her passion representing the often overlooked and quiet historic places here in the Seattle area. Gordon on the other hand is American, and uses his paintings to share his joyful memories of his childhood summers spent in sunny Southern France.
About the Artists
Spencer Gordon is an American artist living and working in the greater Seattle area (formerly under the pseudonym Alexander Sapoznick). He specializes in oil paint and works primarily in a graphic, Impressionist style; drawing influence from his studies with a variety of different mediums including photography, ink drawing, and watercolors.
More information can be found at ASAPfineart.com
Veronique Bajzik is a French artist who lives in Bellevue and works in Seattle at the Benaroya Research Institute as a research assistant. She worked with watercolors for many years, and developed an interest in oil painting. She decided to explore this medium after meeting Valerie Collymore. Her work focuses on architecture, brick buildings, and the memories she gathers on Seattle. She is inspired by two complimentary colors, orange and blue, and structural lines.
More information can be found at veroniquebajzik.com
For more information on The Collymore Atelier, please visit www.ValerieCollymore.com
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