Paul Horiuchi

It's always nice to see work by the late local artist (1906-1999), even in a small consignment lot that represents very different periods in his career. Most of the work here is torn-paper collages from the '80s, maybe not Horiuchi's best period. He only became a professional artist in 1950, not long after moving to Seattle. Having supported himself since immigrating as a teenager in the 1920s, working all variety of jobs during the Great Depression and anti-Japanese war years, he learned to paint quickly and commercially. Landscapes, many based on his railroad-building work in Wyoming, sold well, so he painted a lot of them. So, too, the quieter scenes recalled from his childhood in Japan. Then came the vistas of Seattle and, finally, the collages that filled his later career--employing all manner of paper textures and shapes, filigreed with traditional calligraphy, arrayed into mountainous scenes and pure geometry. His most iconic local creation, of course is the Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center; and some of these panels are like details from that large mosaic. BRIAN MILLLER

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