Painter Marion Peck has been a familiar presence at the Davidson Gallery in Seattle, where her whimsical take on surrealism has earned her a loyal following. KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, has followed her to her new gallery north of downtown, where he discovered that the move was about more than simply changing one set of walls for another. Here is his report.
The art world is populated by hosts of semi-independent tribes, each with its own celebrities, magazines, and place on the aesthetic pecking order. Realist painters, once at the top of the heap, are these days confined to a sub-basement, fed the odd scrap of critical recognition. Other groups, like Western artists, are content to escape critical notice entirely, satisfied with their sellout annual shows at the Cowboy Hall of Fame and enormously well-heeled clients.