Abstraction has a crucial role in training the artist to develop a personally unique process — your own visual language. This fall we are offering abstract classes to help you develop your voice and style and to challenge your existing studio habits and art knowledge. Explore how repetition, structure, and color can be the content of your work in Julia Ricketts’ Abstract Painting class or work alongside Jeffrey Simmons in developing voice in color during Color in Abstract Painting. If you have a more developed studio practice and are looking to study with equally motivated students — Simmons is offering mentored studies with an abstract focus.

  • Meet Jeffrey Simmons

“I have taken inspiration from various sources–astronomical photography; spiritual and religious art; textiles; the rich history of abstract painting–but for the most part the starting point for each new painting is an idea that occurred to me while I was making the previous one. As part of this process, developing a connection with the materials is of particular importance.”

Gage welcomes artist Jeffrey Simmons as a new Gage Instructor. Jeffrey Simmons has painted and exhibited his work in Seattle for over twenty years. Simmons holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Michigan. His work is in many private, corporate, and public collections, including Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Boise Art Museum, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR. Simmons has been a recipient of the Artist Trust G.A.P. Grant (2002) and finalist for both the Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Museum and the Neddy Award, current administered by Cornish College of the Arts (2008). This fall, he is teaching “Color in Abstract Painting” and “Mentored Studies in Abstraction.”
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