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"Spectrum" Brooke Westlund and Alex Achaval
Brooke Westlund
Wednesday February 20, 2019 - Saturday April 6, 2019
6:00 - 8:00

Seattle's Snowmageddon causes our February Exhibit with Brooke Westlund and Alex Achaval to be pushed back a week to Wednesday the 20th, but the good news is we will extend their exhibit thru April 6th.

It takes bodies, collectors and friends to make any exhibit successful, but we couldn't ask anyone to come out in this crazy weather, so we have postponed and prolonged the exhibit "Spectrum".

All work will be up in the gallery by February 13th for your early preview.

Please keep in mind that you can preview "Spectrum" here at and pre-sales are always appreciated.

The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting the works by Seattle artists and friends, Brooke Westlund and Alex Achaval, titled "Spectrum"

Westlund has been a regular gallery exhibitor for many years with her Urban Seattle Scenes comprised of abstract paintings and her city photography and we are pleased to offer for the first time, the Mixed Media portrait works by Alex Achaval.

Brooke Westlund and Alex Achaval are both unique and lucky in the fact that both of them have art studios in Seattle near each other.

Their styles and approaches are quite opposite but when exhibited together they flow and contrast beautifully. This will be the 3rd major duo exhibit the two have participated in together.

Westlund will be exhibiting her latest abstract paintings. They are a fine balance of chaos vs. simplicity, harsh vs. soft, and a bit ethereal.

Alex Achval is new to our gallery and we are excited to be exhibiting his newest works incorporating his signature style of found objects and loose pieces into his work.

His latest collection features more depth and concept behind the art, giving the viewer an interesting story line to analyze.

"My work can be described in many different categories but I would simply define it as contemporary portraiture. An added uncharacteristic element or found object can also be seen throughout my work such as the "paintbrush girl" series where I take classic wooden brushes and apply them onto the canvas or wood panel before I begin.

This series of 3d painting was adapted after seeing an old truck that someone had painted to blend in with the wall behind it in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I like to incorporate these objects into my work to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it. Not to mention it challenges me, it works well and it's fun! You can see me at goodwill or Value Village with my hands full of the weirdest combination of objects."

"I try to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. I believe that is what art is all about. Your own associations. "I simply love to paint and create something that will live forever, and that something is usually pretty bizarre."