Biography

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INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST WILLIAM PARK

Artist Statement

My work consists of paintings with acrylic and/or oil on panels and stretched canvas. Geometric shapes are the driving force behind much of the work, often suggesting industrial like shapes or other configurations that at the least might be deemed a visual inconvenience or maybe even a blight on the landscape. I thrive on the challenge of taking these often misunderstood structures and doing what I can to make them beautiful. The paint, which until now has been happily sitting on the pallet begins to move. I may slather it around the pallet for awhile then we move to the canvas and begin a SPONTUITIVE process. I take on the role of a backseat driver. I have some influence but the painting is the driver. I follow my intuitive impulses as suggested by the movement of the paint on canvas. Although I seldom have a particular place in mind, memories of places I’ve seen or been to will come up and affect my responses. I love paint and all the possible ways of slathering and glopping and moving this seductive material around the pallet and painting surfaces. I want to be surprised with the results. I’m not interested in mimicking  some preconceived idea or image. When the paintings really work these primarily geometric shapes feel alive, like they are still evolving.

Solo & Featured Exhibitions
  • 2018 Mural at Columbia Springs, Vancouver WA
  • 2008-2018 Portland Open Studios, Portland Or
  • 2018 Art at the Cave, Vancouver, Wa
  • 2014 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland Or
  • 2014 Linn-Benton community college Albany, Oregon
  • 2013 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland Or
  • 2011 Family, Monotype Collaboration with Stephen Hayes, Clatsop Communtiy College, Astoria, Or
  • 2010 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland Or
  • 2010 Featured on Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • 2010 Governor’s Office, Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Or
  • 2009 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 2008 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 2006 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Or, Three Mavericks
  • 2006 North Bank Artist’s Gallery, Vancouver, Wa
  • 2005 P:EAR, Portland, Or
  • 2005 Featured Artist, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Invitational, Portland, Or
  • 2004 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 2003 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 2002 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 2001 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 1999 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 1998 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 1997 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 1997 Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, Or
  • 1996 Erickson and Ellins, San Francisco, Ca
  • 1995 Augen Gallery, Portland, Or
Group Exhibitions & Awards
  • 2011 Residency, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
  • 2010 Two of a Kind, Froelick Gallery, Portland Or
  • 2008 Portland Art Museum, Rental Sales Gallery, Or
  • 1998-2009 Sitka Art Invitational, Portland, Or
  • 2003 Portland Contemporary Art Center, Process Show, Or
  • 1997 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Wa
  • 1996 Froelic Gallery, Portland, Or
  • 1995 Rocky Mountain National, Golden, Co, Award
  • St Charles Art Festival, St Charles, Il, Award
  • Northwest Watercolor Society, Kirkland, Wa
  • Watercolor USA, Springfield, Mo
  • 1994 Art Quake, Invitational, Portland, Or
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wa
  • Northwest Poets and Artists Calendar
  • Lana International Competion, Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco. Ca
  • Texas Watercolor Society, Houston, Tx, Award
  • 1993 Art Quake, Portland, Or
  • Watercolor Society of Oregon-Sweepstakes Award
  • San Diego Watercolor Society, Award
  • 1992 Arts in Oregon Council
  • 1991 Artsplash, Redmond, Wa, Award
  • Art Quake, Portland, Or
  • Art League 72nd National Exhibition
  • 1990 San Diego Art Institute 36th National Juried Art Competion, San Diego, Ca
Public Art Commissions & Collections
  • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca, Permanent Collection
  • Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Wa, Permanent Collection
  • Public Mural, with New Avenues for Youth and Outside In, Portland, or
  • Portland Community College, Or, Permanent collection
  • Wilson Pool, Windscreen, Portland Parks and recreation, Or
  • WallWORKS PDX, Portland International Airport, Or
  • University of Oregon, Tennis Recreation center, Eugene, Or
  • Tri-Met Lightrail Fence Project, Portland Or
  • Ater Wynne LLP, Portland, Or
  • Emmons Company, Portland, Or
  • Oregon Eye Clinic, Portland, Or
  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Or
  • Pacific Crest, Portland, Or
  • Rentrak, Portland, Or
  • City of Portland, Or, Permanent Collection