Kenneth Callahan | Works Inspired by the Washington Coast
Reception: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 5:30 - 8:30
Closes: April 7th, 2015
In 1963, Callahan’s mountain studio at Granite Falls was destroyed by fire, which took many of his paintings. The Callahan’s had built the cabin together on a 145-acres of woods they had purchased in 1946. Kenneth was traveling in Europe when he received the news of the cabin's destruction.
It was a time for a new beginning. Kenneth and his wife moved to a house on the Washington Coast, sand dunes and tall beach-grass led from the house to the beach.
“His new canvases echoed the seaweed and random flotsam washed onto the beach, rendered with a loose dark sweep of the brush blotted with a crumpled rag to pick up random fragments of wet paint, a trick learned years earlier from Neil Meitzler. Callahan over-painted the resulting voids to suggest the presence of fleeting, ghostly forms that emerge and change, dissolving into the shadows of other shapes. In the background, vivid orange whorls might swoop across the sky. Flecked explosions of color imply the penetration of another dimension.”
--Deloris Tarzan Ament, Art Critic.