Jefferson Museum Showing Lockwood Dennis Prints
July 5 – October 21, 2019
Member's Preview: Wednesday July 3, 2019, 5 – 8pm
"Each should carry the feeling of a thing remembered." – Lockwood "Woody" Dennis
Lockwood Dennis (1937 – 2012), known primarily as "Woody," painted and made prints throughout his life, creating 400 prints with 385 of those in editions of twenty or more, and hundreds of paintings. Although he lived in the rather rural town of Port Townsend and captured many of the local scenes in paint, when he started exhibiting and finding a market for his work in Seattle, the work shifted to urban imagery from his visits to the city and other locales around the world.
Dennis was born in Portland, Oregon. After receiving his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Philosophy, he went East and was awarded his MFA degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1968. He and his wife Hiroko moved to Port Townsend in 1975, raised their son Tasshi here, and were an integral part of the arts community for over 30 years.
In the late 70s and early 80s, after settling in Port Townsend, Woody created a series of black and white lithographs in which he explored the area imagery. While some of these are included in the JMAH show, this exhibit features nearly 50 of his color woodcuts. These prints, with their bold, quirky, simplified imagery, unique vantages, and unusual coloring became his most recognized and celebrated work.
The nature of the woodcut medium led to the development of a simplified graphic style which became his artistic signature. In these pieces his clever use of up to seven overlapping blocks, each with a different color, allowed him to create a single image with a wealth of rich tones.
His inspirations for his woodcuts came from many other artists, including George Herriman's comic strips, Phillip Guston's paintings from 1969-1973, George Walker's industrial design of the 1930s and Cezanne.
Surprisingly most of these prints have never been seen locally even though they were exhibited for his entire career through Davidson Galleries in Seattle, where he is still exclusively represented. We are honored to show them now in the community he called home.
This exhibition is curated by Stephen Yates and presented in partnership with Davidson Galleries and the Lockwood Dennis Estate. Sam Davidson, Tasshi Dennis and Hiroko Dennis will attend the member's preview on July 3 and provide remarks on the artist and his work.
Davidson Galleries in Pioneer Square, Seattle, will published a catalogue raisonné of Dennis's work in celebration of these retrospectives and will exhibit a simultaneous presentation of Dennis prints, entitled Lockwood Dennis: The Woodcuts, July 5 – 27, 2019. The catalogue will be available in the Jefferson Museum Shop for the Member's Preview.
Dennis Prints are featured in the following public and private collections, a selection here:
The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Jefferson Museum of Art & History, Port Townsend, WA,
Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend, WA
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA;
Nordstrom, Seattle, WA
Port of Seattle, Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Commission, Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA
Swedish Medical Center Foundation, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
US Department of State, Art Bank Collection, Washington, DC
US Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC
Vulcan Northwest, Bellevue, WA
Western Washington University, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Press inquiries can be directed to Shelly Leavens, Executive Director at the Jefferson County Historical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 385-1003. Curator Stephen Yates and the artist's son, Tasshi Dennis are both available for interviews. More images are available upon request.