Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Metal and canvas

Metal sculptures by J.D. Bump
Acrylic on canvas paintings by Blanca Santander

J.D. Bump was born in Portand in 1968, and grew up on a farm in Tigard. He received his first art commission at age fourteen when he was chosen to create a series of illustrated panels for a local library. His interest in art waxed throughout his years at Lake Oswego High School and he was eventually awarded a scholarship through the L.O. Country Club which was used at the University of Oregon. During his freshman year there he was admitted into graduate level art classes, and soon after began sculpting in ceramic and bronze. His last year in college was spent studying art in France where he realized how necessary traveling was in order to broaden his understanding of culture and society. Since then he's made it a goal to travel often and considers it an important way to continue his education in the arts. As an artist he strives to create multicultural sculpture with universal appeal and a timeless quality.

Bull with Human Figures - bronze sculpture by J.D. Bump

In 2004 Bump was asked to exhibit his work in the United States Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. In 2006 his bronze sculpture "Bull with Human Figures" was awarded "Best of Show" at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. In 2007 he was commissioned to recreate an historic 40 foot mural for the athletic department at Portland Community College (Sylvania Campus). His work has been displayed at both the Portland Art Museum (R/S Gallery) and at the Oregon Museum of Contemporary Crafts. JD is currently busy creating in a studio close to Multnomah Village.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Blanca Santander has lived in Seattle since 1996. She received a Master of Fine Arts in painting and engraving from the Catholic University of Peru. For the last twenty years, she has worked as a freelance artist, illustrator and photographer and has exhibited her work in galleries in Washington and New Mexico. This is her first show in Portland.

Acrylic painting on canvas by Blanca Santander

February 25-March 23, 2010
Opening and artists' reception: February 25, 6-9 PM
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 12-4