Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Life and Death

Two Approaches to Painting People
New Work by Quin Sweetman & Joe Sneed


About the Show

Both of these artists are making paintings of people, but with totally different intents, techniques and desired outcomes. Quin Sweetman’s paintings are glowing impressions, and like her plein air landscapes, she makes her figure and portrait work from live models, attempting to translate the light and mood of the painting session into oil. Joe Sneed’s work is part of a larger, ambitious social project where the portraits- painted from widely available published obituary pictures- are intended to serve as an ambiguous bridge between the artist and the family of the deceased, as well as an exploration of the role of the painted image.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Quin Sweetman

We are all interconnected. Our time on earth short; life transitory.

I hope to create paintings that transcend a particular fashion or time and evoke a mood or feeling which is universal.

Someone once said all portraits are self-portraits. Though this latest body of work was inspired by local artist models and friends, each painting tends to be different; not only due to the sitter but also my mood and the surrounding environment. Painting subjects can sometimes morph into others with whom I’m better acquainted. And then there’s my favorite colors, light, mood, and gestures I choose to accentuate.

In these impressions, I hope to convey something uniquely human and therefore beautiful.

Quin Sweetman, 2011

Though primarily self-taught, Quin’s painting has evolved in response to a wide array of influences including many talented Northwest painters and study of the Impressionists. She grew up in Minneapolis, a middle child, always closely observing people and her surroundings, but didn’t take art seriously as a career until Eight years ago when she took a job with a Portland art gallery. She is now content to spend her days painting and drawing the abundant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Key mentors/teachers: Erik Sandgren, George Broderick, Jan Browne, Aimee Erickson.

http://www.quinsweetman.com/


ARTIST STATEMENT: Joe Sneed

This exhibition marks the beginning of a project that I will undertake over several years. I intend to build a body of thirty paintings that have their source in obituary portraits from local newspapers. After the paintings are complete, I will exhibit them as a group in a public setting. Then I will begin to distribute the paintings to the families of the individuals portrayed. The paintings will be presented to the families as gifts; they are objects of commemoration. I will ask that the family permit me to document where it is placed, how it is responded to, and other information they want to share with me. I would like to continue exhibiting the body of paintings as it dwindles, replacing the relocated paintings with an archive of how they function in their new context.

This project is an attempt to explore the value of the painted image. The source of each painting in this exhibition is a public image that has been chosen by the families of the deceased for specific and private reasons. (From my own experience, I recall the great care my grandmother put into selecting my grandfather’s obituary portrait.) In the paintings, I endeavor to be as true to the source image as possible. I want them to be accessible to the families of the individuals portrayed. My aim is to capture the meaning the families saw in the original images and discover if this meaning withstands the images’ translation into paint. I believe the change in value that the families place on the painted images will speak toward the role painting and the artist can play in producing meaning in real settings in our culture.

Joe Sneed, 2011

http://www.joesneed.com


Selected Pieces

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Quin Sweetman
Quin Sweetman
Quin Sweetman
Quin Sweetman
Joe Sneed
Joe Sneed
Joe Sneed
Joe Sneed
Joe Sneed
Joe Sneed
Life and Death
Life and Death