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Brad Caplis - New Paintings
Brad Caplis
May 9, 2012 - June 10, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    

The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to exhibit the new works of Brad  Caplis.

A native of Michigan and graduate of the University of Virginia, Caplis now  resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and family. Still young, he has  explored a variety of landscapes across the country with a playful eye, yet  still has a fond remembrance of growing up in Michigan.

Growing up in rural Michigan, he was always in or around the woods where he  dreamed of spotting flying saucers in a patch of sky just above the pine trees,  or stumbling upon a clearing to witness some kind of bucolic supernatural  ceremony. He never did witness such events however, but was always on the  lookout for the extraordinary in nature.

As he began painting, images began to surface that best represented these  more mystical yearnings. Before adolescence He was often sick with flu and high  fevers which invariably let to hallucinations, some of which were terrifying and  quite bizarre. There were times when he would lash out at them or run around the  house in hopes of escaping. His mother would let him stay in his brother's room  during these episodes as it seem to make him feel safer.

In his brother's room, along with all the cool stuff an older brother has,  was a vintage 1940's radio. As he lay in bed in a delusional state, he would  watch the radio rise up or grow and become speaking. It's voice (he assumed it  was God's voice) would announce all kinds of catastrophe and miracles alike.  Sometimes a crackling panicked voice like that of an on the street reporter and  other times a booming great almighty voice from above, the radio belted out  cryptic messages and spectacular occurrences. It was entirely hypnotic and at  the time, he believed to be the most important discovery of his young life.

Age, maturity and better health eased the delusions transforming many of  these images of the past into whimsical and playful paintings as seen in  "Welcome Home".

          

Lakeside
36 x 27 Inches  Acrylic on Board
$ 3100 US
Vineyard View
30 x 40 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
$ 3850 US
Home for the Summer
36 x 27 Inches  Acrylic on Board
$ 3100 US
My Favorite Spot
36 x 48 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
 Sold
City Neighborhood
35 x 27 Inches  Acrylic on Board
 Sold
Blue Canoe Red
20 x 14 Inches  Acrylic on Board
 Sold
Bird's Eye View
22 x 24 Inches  Acrylic on Board
 Sold
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