University House hosts textured art exhibit

November 5, 2013

By Staff

“Surface Treatment,” a new exhibit that focuses on textured art and trompe l’oeil technique, is open to the public through the end of the year at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

The exhibit is headlined by Seattle-based artist Mark O’Connell, an Emilio Pucci Design Scholarship Recipient, whose prized work has toured with Teatro Zinzani and helped nonprofits like PONCHO fund established and emerging art organizations.

By Mark O’Connell  Seattle artist Mark O’Connell was inspired to paint the portraits of his grandparents who raised him after they passed away. He did the portraits of Helen and Daniel from photos of their wedding day.

By Mark O’Connell
Seattle artist Mark O’Connell was inspired to paint the portraits of his grandparents who raised him after they passed away. He did the portraits of Helen and Daniel from photos of their wedding day.

O’Connell displays three key pieces including “Helen,” a portrait of his grandmother, and “Daniel,” a portrait of his grandfather. The individual grandparent portraits were painted from a photo taken on their wedding day.

“Every time I paint a portrait, I do so with the intention of going beyond what I see,” O’Connell said in a press release. “With each piece, I want to bring something out that is happening on the inside. With the portraits of my grandparents, I wanted to honor them by showing how unique each of them was. Then, I used birds as texture in each piece to represent the peace and movement of their souls.”

In addition to O’Connell’s art, works from 26 other artists are featured in the exhibit.

“Surface Treatment” is part of University House Issaquah’s, and parent company Era Living’s, commitment to providing access to art and culture. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Learn more by calling 557-4200.

 

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