Paintings by two creative local artists are featured at the Burien Arts Gallery in October.
Meet Ken DeRoux and Garreth Schuh at the Artist’s Reception, Friday, Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 826 S.W. 152nd St. in Olde Burien.
Ken DeRoux moved to Burien in 2009 after a long career in Alaska as a painter and museum curator. DeRoux has participated in more than 70 solo and group exhibitions, primarily in Alaska and the Seattle area. In 2012, his work was displayed at the Washington State Legislature. His work is in the permanent collections of the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, Museum of the North at the University of Alaska, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Key Bank, Morris Communications and numerous private locations.
DeRoux comments, “Over the past couple of years my interest in painting has shifted, from a long-time concern with abstraction, to a desire to inject narrative content back into the mix. Concurrently, an artistic-looking character showed up with a beret and an apparent need for some kind of transformational process.” DeRoux’s exhibit at the Burien Arts Gallery shines a slightly satirical light on the art process and the inner life of the artist, with help from his beret-wearing character.
Garreth Schuh has led parallel careers in art and architecture for 35 years. He returned to Seattle after living on the East Coast, and now lives in Burien with his wife and daughter. Schuh has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions. Additionally he is an advocate for those in the disabled community. Schuh juggles a variety of subjects in his work, and finds that there is always a balance between depictions of the visual outer world and the less obvious truth of an inner world. Schuh’s works are highly “crafted”, and he notes, “My paintings are constructed in multiple layers that are alternately built up and sanded down. Oil is my primary medium, but I often incorporate drafting and other media, which adds complexity to the work. The finished pieces are rich in complementary color, and show a deep three-dimensionality.
Schuh’s exhibit centers on architectural landscape paintings abstracted from dilapidated buildings in Eastern Washington’s Palouse country and the American West. “These paintings depict a sense of solitude and isolation that resonates with my own experience, and I find that the intimate familiarity of a quirky old building is often a surrogate for the human figure.”
During October, Tom Fletcher and Chris Gonvers will also present a variety of photographic images in the Artists United room at the gallery.
The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-708-7808.