Alden Mason

This small but impressive collection of paintings spans most of the renowned 92-year-old Northwest artist's career. Mason, born in Everett in 1919, began teaching at the UW in the 40s, not long after earning degrees there. His early work tends toward landscape and figuration. The 13 large canvases in a single gallery can be read chronologically. From 1947, Darrington Rain is essentially a scene from his Skagit County youth. Moving forward, Mason ventures into collage and abstraction (as in his Burpee Garden series). The paint grows heavy and drippy on the canvas. In a piece like Moraine, from 1959, you can see parallels with his peer Kenneth Callahan. Likewise, the influence--or contemporary development--of Paul Horiuchi is felt in 1983's Sam in the Garden. In all, drawn from four decades of work, this baker's dozen gives credit to an artist who kept learning and developing, even as he remained rooted in the same mossy Northwest locale. BRIAN MILLER

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Oct. 16, 2010

 
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