TACOMA, Wash. – On view at Kittredge Gallery in January and early February is an exhibition of work by painter Nathan DiPietro. Titled Invasives the exhibition explores a new Northwest where the lush overgrowth of the native landscape has been replaced with neatly platted developments, leveled fields, and manmade greenbelts.
In their regional focus and tight linear detail, DiPietro’s works are reminiscent of early 20th-century American painters such as Grant Wood, but in contrast to those warmly nostalgic scenes from everyday life, DiPietro’s images have the air of stage sets—uninhabited and artificial. In some instances, the artist focuses on the plants that often serve as our contemporary urban “greenscapes”: blackberry-covered fields, ivy-infested slopes, and replanted forests of monocultural trees.
DiPietro works in egg tempera, a centuries-old painting medium created by mixing powdered pigments with egg yolk and water. The resulting paints dry quickly to a matte finish and allow for thin, smooth layers of color and tight control of details. DiPietro will offer a demonstration of this technique following a gallery talk on his work on Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., in Kittredge Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
DiPietro received his B.F.A. from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions at Woodside/Braseth Gallery and Punch Gallery, Seattle, as well as at galleries in Ellensburg. His work is currently included in the group exhibition Yesterday’s Tomorrow at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Wash., and he has participated in group shows at The Evergreen State College, Olympia; Western Oregon University, Monmouth; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney; as well as in galleries in Washington, Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.
DiPietro recently was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and received grants from 4Culture in 2010 and 2011. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and on artsjournal.com, and can be found in the collections of Swedish Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center. He is represented by Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.
Opening Reception: Jan. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Directions and Map: www.pugetsound.edu/directions
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m., Saturday
Photos are available at www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos
Photo on page: Stream Rehabilitation, 2011, by Nathan DiPietro (egg tempera on panel); Courtesy of the artist and Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle.