Winston Wächter: Shining a Spotlight on Pacific Northwest Artists

July 9, 2018

For the past few years, Seattle’s art scene has been evolving — and Winston Wächter Fine Art has witnessed this evolution first-hand.

Established in 1995 in New York, Winston Wächter opened a Seattle location in 1999 and represents more than 30 local, national, and international artists. A Seattle Art Fair exhibitor every year since the inaugural event, Winston Wächter returns this year with a decidedly Seattle centric focus.

“This year, we decided to showcase all Seattle artists,” said Judith Rinehart, the gallery’s manager and operator. “We want to really highlight the talent we have here in Seattle. We have represented several local artists for a long time that need to be shown on a larger stage; the Seattle Art Fair is a great place to have this conversation.”

“For Winston Wächter, we have been a huge supporter of the Seattle Art Fair,” said Rinehart. “It brings collectors here and shows them we’ve got artists and a local art scene that’s just as sophisticated as what they may experience in New York, L.A., and Miami.”

"Summer Dreams" installation image featuring works by Electric Coffin. Courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art.

Aligned with the focus of their Seattle Art Fair booth this year, the gallery’s current exhibition Summer Dreams also showcases primarily Seattle artists. On display through August, the gallery features artworks saturated with vibrant colors and infused with light. Curated by local artist Amanda Manitachthe exhibition includes Seattle artists Jennifer Zwick, Electric Coffin, Neon Saltwater, and Portland artist Peter Gronquist.

"Pink Peonies" by Peter Gronquist, courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art.

Bright colors, rhythmic patterns, and methodically placed flowers take center stage in artist Jennifer Zwick’s Flowers & Fabric series. Zwick started this series by searching out vintage and used textiles and fabrics in thrift stores, and using them in the background of her pieces. Now, she creates her own patterns to work with. The designs, paired with carefully centralized flowers, create an ambiguous sense of space for the viewer.

Local artist Jennifer Zwick stands in front of her series "Flowers & Fabric".

“I love how photography has a one-point perspective,” Zwick explains, “I intentionally use an extremely shallow depth of field to emphasize space.”

Her other series An Exercise in Formal Composition, shows Flowers & Dirt, a set which consists of raised ply-wood, flowers and dirt. Zwick experiments with lighting and meticulous arrangements above or below the ply-wood to play with optics and create a sense of depth. She then stands on a ladder eight feet in the air and takes the photo.

Jennifer Zwick’s "Flowers & Dirt" series.

“I really enjoy making work that intentionally looks fantastical or artificial, but is constructed in really simple ways,” she states. “I like for people to know that they can have a lot of control over their lives in ways they don’t think about. You really can do so much.”

Rinehart is excited to see how everything comes together at Seattle Art Fair this year. “Our booth at the fair will be all Seattle artists, and our show in the gallery running simultaneously has young, fresh Northwest artists,” explains Rinehart, “both highlight the work we are doing to push things in the right direction for the local art community.” Be sure to stop by Winston Wächter’s booth at the fair to explore these exciting works.

Seattle Art Fair tickets are available here.