Exhibitions

Weed Ball, 2018. Oil on canvas, 36 x 24.”

Kelly Saxton, Weeds

September 7-29, 2018

Presenting two new bodies of abstract work by Portland artist Kelly Saxton: oil paintings and smaller mixed media pieces. With titles like “Weed Ball,” the lush canvases seem to burrow into a mess of wild plant matter. By contrast, new pieces from her sculptural drawing series are built up with layers of heavy black paint, paper, wood, cloth and other materials. Referencing bark, they have the quality of dense accretions revealing underlays of lichen-like greens and reds.

Saxton’s practice has developed through observing the constant subtle changes within the Northwest landscape–changes that metamorphose through growth, bloom and gradual decline. Her tactile and layered works embody the passage of time, in the observation and art making processes and through the arc of days, passing weather and seasons.

Kelly Saxton attended Portland State University and Blackhawk Mountain School of Art and received her MFA from Pratt Institute in painting and art history.

The Oregonian selected Weeds as one of 7 art exhibitions to view in Portland this fall.

Left: Weed Ball, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24.”

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Barking

Barking up the Tree, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 12 x 3.”

amBark

a.m. Bark, 2018. Mixed media, 19 x 16 x 3.”

BarkIV

Bark IV, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10 x 3.”

Bark Leaf

Bark Leaf, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10.”

ThroughTheWeeds

Through the Weeds, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”

Fireweed

Fireweed, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”

Crocosmia2

Crocosmia, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”

BarkIV

Bark IV, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10.”

BackDoor2

Looking out my back door at weeds, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24.”

BarkV

Bark V, 2018. Mixed media, 20 x 16.”

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