Several years ago I was invited to be in a group still life show in Seattle by June Sekaguchi, who curates art shows at several locations around the city and on Mercer Island. One of the other painters in the show was Jennifer Frohwerk. I was immediately attracted to her work. The next year, June contacted me and asked if I would like to do a two person show with Jennifer at one of the smaller venues June curates for, and of course I said yes.
There is a freshness and immediacy about Jennifer’s paintings that I am very taken with… one might even say “Sargentesque” in painterly technique.
She has a show opening Saturday June 4th at Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle, with a wonderful new body of work. Here is her statement about the upcoming show:
My grandmother recently shared with me boxes of family slides, photographs taken in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s. This series of paintings was inspired by those photographs from my childhood. They are images pieced together from memories of growing up reading stories, exploring the garden, sitting down around the dining room table, and learning to work in the kitchen. By focusing on deeply personal narratives, I used the interior as a stable and comforting representation of home as well as an active place for children to engage and explore. Specific moments in time express abstract feelings of safety, learning and growth, curiosity, and imagination. Away from the fast-paced media and technology of today, I wanted to return to these quiet, dreamy spaces to portray the contemplative activities that built a solid sense of family and home.
We are thrilled to have her showing at Froggwell this year as one of our guest artists. If you don’t make it into Seattle this month to see her show, I hope you are planning to be at Froggwell the first weekend of August!
625 W McGraw St
Seattle WA 98119
All work copyright Jennifer Frohwerk, showing at the Froggwell Biennale courtesy of Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA.