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CITYARTS, December 2016
TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE – Image of “Spreading” with caption

​SPREADING

The images of Gary Faigin’s most recent series, Concentrated, meld the classic stylings of still life painting with contemporary components, including twists on traditonal subjects like fruit (portrayed as exploded, bursting, crushed) and vases and vessels smashed to bits. In them, objects of everyday use and ritual are pitted against the psychological aspects attributed to them, whether consciously or not.

“In these paintings, the foreground objects have arranged themselves into complicated and symmetrical domestic totems,” Faigin says, “a sort of shrine to home comforts–with purposeful contradictions in space. How can so many things be in the same place at the same time?”

Faigin’s “Spreading” is on view at V2 Arts Center as part of American Painting Today through Dec. 18.

DRAWING, Summer 2016
SKETCHBOOK INSIDER: Cover artwork by Faigin: “Untitled,” 2012.  Article author: Austin R. Williams, Senior Editor.

ART ACADEMIES, 2014, 2005 + 2000
CATALOG COVERS: (Left) Gage Academy of Art, Winter 2014. “Streaks and Rumbles,” 2013; (Middle) Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Spring 2005. “Paradigm Shift,” 2003 (reversed); (Right) Academy of Realist Art, Winter 2000. (Lower Right) “Figure Study, 1986.

TEMPLE BETH AM, October 2012
MURAL INSTALLATION: “Birth is a Beginning: A Jewish Year,” 2012.

LINDA HODGES GALLERY, Seattle, October 2010
COMPRESSION FITTINGS: (Left) “Framing the Blues,” 2010. (Right) “Group Dynamics,” 2010. Published in Seattle Art Dealers Association catalog.

SEATTLE METROPOLITAN, April 2010
THE BIFURCATED HOUSE: (Left) “On Display,” 2001 + “A Suspension of Disbelief,” 2008. Article by Jessica Voelker.

TACOMA ART MUSEUM, 2009
NEDDY ARTIST FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION: (Top) “View Property,” 1999. (Bottom) “Fall Group Picture,” 2009. Curated by Rock Hushka, Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art.  Exhibition and fellowship underwritten by the Behnke Foundation.


​GARY FAIGIN

Gary Faigin studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Art Students League of New York, and the Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts in Paris. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum and Woodside/Braseth Gallery in Seattle and the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, as well as group shows at galleries in Santa Fe, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and New York. His work has been included in a number of survey and instructional books and has ben highlighted in newspaper and journal articles. His works are in the collections of the City of New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, as well as sevral corporate collections, incluing Boeing Corporation, Immunex, and Merrill Lynch. Faigin is the co-founder, Artistic Director, and a senior instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He is also an art critic for KUOW.



100 SANTA FE ETCHERS, 2008
THE SANTA FE PRINTMAKERS SERIES, Bell Tower Publishing:  (Right) “Sleeplessness,” 1986.

GUIDE TO JEWISH WASHINGTON, 2005-2006
COVER ARTWORK: “1 out of 7,”  2001.  Collection of Rabbis Jonathan and Beth Singer.

ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL, August 2005
ART AT THE PORT:  (Left – Catalog cover) “Expulsion from Paradise,” 2001. (Right – pg 2) “Damage Control,” 2003.  Exhibition Juror:  Richard V. West, Director Emeritus, Frye Art  Museum.

JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY, San Francisco, 2003
FIFTH ANNUAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION (Right) “Breakthrough,” 2003. (page 39).

SOUTHWEST ART, December 2002
MOVING PICTURES: (Top middle) “Among the Falling: Drop Zone,” 1999; (Top right) “Cause and Effect,” 1999; (Bottom left) “Double Exposure,” 1999; (Bottom middle) “Expulsion from Paradise,” 1999; (Bottom right) “Still Life with Western City,” 1999. Article by Bonnie Gangelhoff.

SOUTHWEST ART, March 2001
REALISM TODAY | CONTEMPORARY REALISM: (Right) “Billboard with Real Lemons,” 1999. Article author, Jean Carruthers Wetta.

FRYE ART MUSEUM, August 2001
TRADITION & CONTRADICTION Retrospective: Exhibition catalog front cover artwork: “Billboard with Real Lemons,” 1999. Exhibition catalog back cover artwork: “Transparent and Solid,” 2001. Exhibition curated by Debra J. Byrne, Curator of Exhibitions. Catalog underwritten by Dr. Robert Bell, Santa Fe NM.

​TRADITION & CONTRADICTION
Gary Faigin’s imagery is derived from conventions of traditional still lifes and mass media billboards that, at first glance, seem easily accessible. Upon further contemplation, however, more complex possibilities arise: things quietly fly apart or explode, scale expands in significance, pictures become incorporated into other pictures, signage translates into riddles, and the boundaries between nature and artifice are called into question.​

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN OIL PAINTING, 1999
JILIN FINE ARTS PUBLISHING HOUSE, CHINA: Six  large-format paintings on pages 130 through 135. Artworks assembled by Zhang Xuejie.

AMERICAN ARTIST, June 1996
BEYOND REALISM: Cover artwork by Faigin: “Methods of Concealment,” 2004. Article author: Carmi Weingrod.

AMERICAN ARTIST, 1995 + 1993
METHODS & MATERIALS:  (Left) “Self Portrait in Seattle,” 1992.  (Right – Top) “The Big Pinon,” 1992. Articles by Carmi Weingrod.

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