Seattle, WA - Treason Gallery is pleased to present its September solo exhibition, Andrew Durgin-Barnes: EPITHETS OF INTEGRITY.
Open to the public Thursday - Saturday from Noon to 6 PM until Saturday, September 30.
Emerging artist Andrew Durgin-Barnes displays his raw talent in his debut solo exhibition, EPITHETS OF INTEGRITY. The exhibition is a blend of classically painted figurative work and still lifes, with undertones of allegoric subjects placed in contemporary settings.
Showcasing a mixture of sizes and subjects, Durgin-Barnes’ traditionally executed paintings are anything but that. Using the classic medium of oil paint, Barnes evokes raw emotion and irony in often forgotten subjects and settings. Viewers can’t help but be overwhelmed with feelings of unease when they come in contact with his subject matter. Eloquently painted female figures depicted with illicit drug paraphernalia highlight Barnes ability to tastefully dance around ideas of the struggles of the human condition and one’s interaction with vice. Although at first glance Durgin-Barnes' work appears to be grim, the overwhelming beauty is captured in his subjects' ominous narratives.
Durgin-Barnes is no stranger to Seattle. Growing up across the Puget Sound in Bremerton and Port Orchard he has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. Moving to Seattle opened up a new world for him as a teenager when he was introduced to oil painting by artist Jesse Edwards. Studying at Gage Academy in Seattle, and San Francisco Art Institute in California, he is now currently living and working in New York City. Durgin-Barnes describes his work as “a classical approach to making orderly compositions from abrasive subject matter.”
EPITHETS OF INTEGRITY is a clear response to this artist’s interactions with environments of immorality, simultaneously searching for beauty and elegance in the filth of the modern world.
Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, September 7th from 6pm-9pm at TREASON Gallery located in Pioneer Square, 319 3RD AVE S, Seattle, WA 98104.