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March 5 - 28, 2015


Michael Paul Miller: The Clouded Now
Manuel Izquierdo: Sculpture from the Estate

First Thursday - March 5, 2015
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm

Michael Paul Miller

Michael Paul MIller
Empire Series (grid of 56 paintings) - 2014
oil on canvas
14 x 14 inches each

Michael Paul Miller
In Michael Paul Miller’s second solo show at the Laura Russo Gallery, he continues his exploration of the mesmerizing desolation and beauty of seemingly apocalyptic land and seascapes. His exhibition, The Clouded Now, features large oil paintings in the tradition of grand historic tableaux, exploring visions of post-apocalyptic settings of disaster and decay. A human presence is either hinted or explicit in these paintings, prompting questions about the plausibility of survival in such envisioned spaces. As a counterpoint to his larger canvases, Miller also shows a series of small works in the Empire series, portraying plumes of smoke in a diverse range of color, verging on a symphony of abstract forms. Miller’s virtuosity with his oil medium contributes to a beautiful body of work that draws the viewer into ominous scenes of environmental or human caused destruction. He observes that his work “explores the sublimity of existence through an environment emblematic of death, disaster, and desolation, without abandoning subtle indications of hope and beauty. This deconstructive setting is a harrowing and plausible circumstance that allows for an open-ended inquiry into the bewildering human condition, and enables the subject matter to address an extensive range of contemporary issues.” The painted results of his inquiry will captivate the viewer and likely raise more questions than they answer.

Michael Paul Miller grew up in Wisconsin, and received his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 2008 he has been based in Port Angeles, Washington, where he is on the faculty of Peninsula College. He has had solo exhibitions in Washington at Lower Columbia College, Longview; the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, and the Phinney Center Art Gallery, Seattle; and was featured in 2013 at Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery. He has also had one-man shows in Iowa, and Wisconsin. Miller has been included in group exhibitions at multiple college and university galleries, as well as at venues including the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA; the HP Garcia Gallery in New York, among others. Coming up this spring, he will be included in the exhibition Neo Naturalists, Museum of Northwest Art, in La Conner, WA.

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Manuel Izquierdo

Manuel Izquierdo
Lucretia - 1951
cast bronze
15.5 x 3.5 x 3 inches

Manuel Izuierdo
Drawing on recognizable human and natural forms, Manuel Izquierdo brought a distinctly modern and abstract vision to his artmaking. His visual language flowed gracefully from two to three dimensional forms. Iconic females, flower and plant forms, warrior men are among the themes that can be found in this selection of mid-20th century sculpture. As a sculptor, Izquierdo worked with a variety of materials including welded and cast metal, ceramics, and carved wood, emphasizing the organic and sensual qualities of his subjects and his materials. In addition to his work as a sculptor, Izquierdo was well known for his woodcuts.

Originally from Spain, but a long-time Portland icon, Manuel Izquierdo died in July of 2009. He was born in Madrid in the 1920s, and came to the United States as a teenager, settling in Portland, Oregon. While in high school in Portland, he was encouraged to pursue woodcuts by well-known calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds. In 1951, he graduated from the Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art), and soon after became a professor there. He was honored with a ten year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1967. His public sculptures can be seen in a variety of Portland public places, such as the Dreamer in Pettygrove Square. His work is in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum in Pennsylvania; in Oregon at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Jordan D. Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and the Portland Art Museum, and in Washington at the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museums, the Henry Gallery at the University of Washington, and the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner.

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Upcoming 2015 Exhibitions

April 2 - May 2, 2015
Fay Jones -
New Work
Kim Osgood - New Work

May 7 - 30, 2015
Dana Lynn Louis -
New Work
Michael Dailey -
Works from the Estate

June 4 - 27, 2015
Roll Hardy - New Paintings
Mel Katz - Selected Retrospective