John Seed interviews painter Robert Davidson whose exhibition Abstract Impulse is on view at the Seattle Art Museum through February 16, 2014.
Seed writes: "When artist Robert Davidson -- a Canadian artist of Haida heritage -- talks about his reverence for the Old Masters he isn't referring to Rembrandt or Titian: he is referring to Haida masters and to the carvings and ceremonial images they made prior to any contact with European culture. The roots of his art run very, very deep and connect to a tradition that had been neglected and nearly lost by the time Davidson began carving as a teenager in the early 1960s... Davidson's recent acrylic on canvas paintings display glyphic elements that are simultaneously Haida-inpsired and personal to the artist. Boldly conceived, graphically crisp and strikingly inventive, Davidson's paintings have entered a new phase, initiating a conversation with contemporary abstraction."
Maureen Doallas' posts a fascinating video from American Public Media's OnBeing, "in which the Smithsonian ethnographer Candace Greene, collections and archives resource officer for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, offers her insightful commentary on 22 drawings or pictographs made by Sitting Bull."
Painter Altoon Sultan writes about an amazing exhibition of Native American Ledger Drawings the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. The drawings "simple form and strong sense of fluid line, their color, and marvelous design sense" are well worth a look.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.