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Alexis Hotel Show

The Pleasure Is All Mine - Troy Gua -
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2009, 48 x 48

Artist Troy Gua

Solea by Ken Susynski  -2009 oil on canvas- 32" x 38"

Artist Kenneth Susynski

I am honored to be part of a three person show that opened at the Alexis Hotel this month. I am exhibiting work along with two amazing northwest artists, Troy Gua and Kenneth Susynski. Gua’s work features big graphic portraits in a punchy pop art style done in acrylic and resign. Susynski has a style that is more abstract with a vibrant energy and engaging compositions. I also have four encaustic pieces featured in this show that will be on display now thru August 3rd, 2010. 

Here’s the press release for this exhibit:

SEATTLE — (March 31, 2010) — The Alexis Hotel’s signature “Gallery Art Walk” will spotlight a new installation beginning Thursday, April 1, featuring three distinct local artists. The display features pop culture-inspired works by Troy Gua, gestural abstractions by Kenneth Susynski and botanical encaustic paintings by Alicia Tormey. The installation is part of the Alexis Hotel’s continued commitment to preserving and enhancing the local art community with its rotating installations. Hotel curator Barbara Shaiman oversees the hotel’s quarterly rotating exhibitions.

Troy Gua’s work is influenced by pop culture references, including everything from Ronald Reagan and Elvis, to Facebook and iPods. A multi-discipline artist, Gua assembles paintings, sculptures and photos that ask the audience to think – or even laugh. Often resin-coated and highly lustrous, Gua’s work is reflective, both literally and metaphorically, and offers a peek into his fascination with mainstream culture. His work has been featured all over the Pacific Northwest and can currently be seen at SAM Gallery

Raised in Germany, Kenneth Susynski cites his main influence as the fluidity of movement. His other influences include the cultural experiences he encountered while living in Germany, Turkey, South Korea and the UK. All of these influencers can be seen in Susynski’s works through vivid colors, swift brushstrokes and varied shapes. Mostly self taught, Susynski also studied at the Artist Trust EDGE Program. His work can be found locally at the C Art Gallery and SAM Gallery.

Alicia Tormey’s work features fields of color, marbled surfaces and splattered veins of paint which are layered with organic lines to create an enhanced look at nature. The final layers of her work are often polished to resemble a fired ceramic glaze. Tormey’s paintings have raised thousands for charity and are featured in the permanent collections of the Swedish Medical Center and private collectors throughout the Northwest. Her work can also currently be seen at SAM Gallery. Tormey is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle and studied encaustic painting at the Pratt Fine Arts Center.

All of the works on display in the Gallery Art Walk are available for purchase. Each piece has a label listing the artist’s name and contact information, as well as the price.

Aria III is one of the pieces featured at the Alexis but I took this photo before I did some final adjustments so the work is a little different than seen in this image.

Aria III - Alicia Tormey - 2009 Encaustic on three panels 24 x 48

Aria III Detail


This is lovely. It has a very ethereal quality to it.

Thanks for sharing such gorgeous pieces and artwork!
Joyce Gehl said…
This triptych is spectacular. I'm going to be downtown sometime this week and will make a special point to see the show. Congratulations!
Alicia Tormey said…
Thank you Joyce and Rambles!
fitzpatmr said…
I absolutely love your work. I'm just starting to do encaustic and wondered how you make the bubble like appearance? I hope you don't mind sharing this secret.