Artist Bios & Information
A naturally creative soul, American artist Jeremy Davies has always been creating art. He found art to be one of his ambitions at a very young age while growing up in Ogden, Utah. Experimenting in drawings of people, colors, and shapes, his talents involve (but are not limited to) painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics and music. He is known for his distinct painting style, his use of bright colors and composition of shapes and imagery, which have contributed to being a successful artist. While in high school, he received a ceramics scholarship for his sculptures. He attended Idaho State University as a fine art major. Since it was a small college town, he was able to focus on his art, creating over one hundred pieces over a span of two years. His main goal was strictly to pursue ceramics, but he ended up picking up painting and winning top awards during annual art shows. With this new creative passion and a lot of support and encouragement, his mind was set on becoming a fine artist. While his ambitious soul became bigger than this small college town, he decided to move to a bigger city.
He left the University to follow his dream as an artist and moved to Seattle with $800 in his pocket and an old van; not knowing a soul as he arrived to this unknown city. He currently resides in Seattle’s U-District, painting within his living space. Since moving to Seattle, he has had solo shows, group exhibitions and is backed by city support. While he is still learning more ways to express himself, he keeps his right brain exploring the creative world of his own passion.
Alfredo Arreguin was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in 1935 and lived there until moving to Mexico City at the age of thirteen. When Arreguin was 23, he moved to Seattle, where he received his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Washington. His life in Mexico and the Pacific Northwest has provided inspiration for his beautifully colored canvases.
Arreguin is a highly respected pattern painter, creating rich, multilayered imagery and landscapes, ranging from the rainforests of Mexico to the terrain of the Pacific Northwest. He also uses patterns and Japanese printmaking to create portraits of iconic Mexican figures, such as the artist Frida Kahlo.
Describing Arreguin’s work, Jose Luis Alcubilla writes, “he constructs a double reality: the one we see everyday, and the perplexing one that he offers to us like a profoundly vital feast of the earth whose expansion touches everything. In his portraits, therefore, Arreguín recreates a memory with which he shows us that life is a flourishing face.”
“Between mountain peaks is that luminescent area of light I always search for and hope to capture… We have wonderful liquid light in the Northwest. You get a range of luminescence going through all shades from clear white to pure black. It is what makes our area so visually unique.”
The photographs of Seattle photographer Mary Randlett have helped to define the unique qualities of the Northwest’s natural beauty and light. Born in 1924 in Seattle, Randlett was inspired at an early age by the beauty of Puget Sound and the islands. She attended Queen Anne High School and although never finishing, entered Whitman College where she received a B.A. in political science in 1947. But her focus was always on serious photography.
The eye of an artist and the soul of a poet give Randlett’s photographs a lyrical style — particularly in landscape shots that capture Northwest light. With a camera always at hand, she has the gift of freezing ephemeral wonders into memorable images.
She shoots black-and-white Tri-X film, which picks up nuances of graduated light, allowing her a full tonal range of soft grays. “Black and white gives me chills,” she says. “Color gets in the way”.
In addition to her nature photographs, Randlett is an important portrait photographer who was uniquely responsible for documenting the artists who created the northwest school, such as Morris Graves, who was a friend of her mother, Mark Tobey, and Kenneth Calahan. She went on to photograph hundreds of artists and writers as well. Randlett took the last photos of poet Theodore Roethke (UW Professor and Pulitzer Prize Winner) before his death. Her Roethke photos were included in a poetry book published by University of Washington Press.
Randlett’s photographs are included in over forty permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. An exhibit of her landscape photographs was shown at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2007. Randlett’s huge body of works are housed in the special collections of UW’s Allen Library.