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About The Gallery
The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is a small and intimate space located in the heart of downtown Kirkland in the Marina District just steps away from Lake Washington and nestled among unique shops and great restaurants.

Gunnar Nordstrom Fine Arts first opened in Bellevue, Washington in 1985 in a small showroom and office with its first  gallery space opening in 1990 in the trendy lakeside arts community of Kirkland as a venue for regional painters and printmakers and has become one of the Eastside's oldest galleries.

In late 2008, with a looming recession and after 18 years in Kirkland, the gallery moved five miles down the road to a swanky and exclusive new location in Bellevue within the Bellevue Collection. Fast forward 11 years with a recession healed, the gallery has moved back to its current location in the heart of downtown Kirkland.

With an emphasis on whimsical and expressionist work, local patrons frequently choose the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery as the Eastside’s favorite gallery. 

The family of artists that continue to show at the gallery are innovative, thoughtful, proficient and immensely talented. While the gallery continues to add new artists to its stable, many of the artists have been in association with the gallery since its beginning where loyalty continues to last and flourish. 

Quality, playfulness and a good sense of value have always been an important aspect of work exhibited in the gallery and each artist that is represented has their own quality that we believe in. 

Come visit the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, it is a friendly and unimposing gallery of contemporary artwork and a must see while shopping for art in the Seattle area. Come in and let us meet your needs while making new friends.


Gunnar Nordstrom Fine Arts was established in 1985 in a small office and showroom in Bellevue as a resource for collectors looking to purchase original prints by International artists such as Chagall, Miro, Motherwell, and Warhol from a competent and honest art dealer in the Pacific Northwest.
The journey from an office and showroom in Bellevue to a gallery in Kirkland back again to Bellevue and returning to Kirkland in 2019 has been an exciting and rewarding experience that rewards every collector of the gallery with the experience of an art dealer well informed and familiar with the art market.
Previously, Gunnar Nordstrom had graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Arts and Education. After two years of teaching Social Studies and Washington State History in Vancouver, Washington, he spent the next 3 years with a regional gallery in Bellevue as director. Learning the art business in a fast paced, highly merchandised gallery, it didn’t take long before defining a direction and moving on to open an office and showroom of his own.
The first location was on Lake Bellevue in a lovely office suite with a small showroom. It was here that the educational emphasis of his philosophy was born. During the next 5 years, Gunnar Nordstrom drew upon his teaching experience and love of art to educate his clients on a variety of subjects associated with the art world. Using case shows and outside dealers in a controlled environment, he regularly held formal presentations of artwork that were overwhelmingly appreciated and successful. During these case shows, collectors where educated on the variety of mediums, styles and accessibility of collectable art. Many of the dealers that Gunnar aligned himself with for these shows were also of the same integrity as he and offered a wonderful selection of international artwork at good values that weren’t readily available in Seattle galleries.
Coming to an evening show at Gunnar Nordstrom Fine Arts was an event that was looked forward to by many clients. How often can you be entertained for an evening by the likes of Picasso, Miro, Chagall, totally new artists on their rise to stardom or learn how a mezzotint is created.

With the blossoming regional art scene the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery was established in 1991 in the heart of trendy downtown Kirkland on the waterfront to showcase some of these outstanding painters and printmakers. While it was difficult to leave Lake Bellevue and “the womb”, it was a necessary move to grow and flourish. The first show at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery was a solo exhibit by nationally known painter Loren Salazar. The show was a huge success and Salazar continues to be represented by the gallery to this day.

The gallery continues to offer all of its services of the past, such as on going case shows and educational seminars as well as additional ability to rotate excellent regional and International artwork through the gallery 12 times each year.

During the gallery's 17 years in Kirkland, Kirkland grew from 2 galleries when Nordstrom arrived to as many as 17 in the late 1990's. The beautiful waterfront community which is only 10 minutes (without traffic) from downtown Seattle was looked upon as an Arts destination and had an excellent selection of artwork with each gallery specializing in something different.  But like many things, all good things come to an end and by late 2008. With a looming recession the gallery scene in Kirkland had dwindled to 3 galleries and Nordstrom decided to move to the swanky and business friendly environment of downtown Bellevue.

The Bellevue location was situated between first class restaurants, furniture stores, specialty retailers and the Hyatt Hotel, not to mention only a sky bridge away from the famous Bellevue Square. The new location is truly an exciting and vibrant space fitting of fine art and collectibles.

Fast forward 11years to November 2019 and a healed recession and the gallery made a move back to the waterfront community of Kirkland to a cozy and intimate space in the Marina District. A lake view, tree lined street and nestled between unique shops and restaurants, Kirkland is again home.

Gunnar Nordstrom doesn’t stop at only running the gallery, but participates actively in the community. He is a founding board member of the KDL (Kirkland Downtown on the Lake) the local Mainstreet merchants association, a past board member of the Kirkland Arts Center a non profit arts education facility housed in the historic Peter Kirk building, a representative on the DAT (Downtown Action Team) formed from the Strategic Planning Commission for a “future vision of downtown Kirkland” and he is a past officer of the Kirkland Gallery Association where he has been an active member since 1991.

Being a part of the community is an important as aspect to any retailer in a city and Gunnar Nordstrom not only believes that, but acts upon it with enthusiasm.

What is next the next step for Gunnar Nordstrom…Check the Gallery News for current updates.


A Word from the Director
As an art dealer since 1982, I have been dedicated to helping clients realize and meet their art collecting goals and at the same time, encouraging and shaping young artist’s careers. I strive to educate every new collector by assisting them in developing their own aesthetic sensibilities and identifying personal direction of artistic interests. During these past 37 years, I have built a reputation of integrity and have always been driven to offer works of art that have authenticity, good value and aesthetic appeal. It is of great importance to me to see my clients happy and fulfilled with each purchase and I encourage every collector to utilize my resources in making the correct decision for their collection ~ Gunnar Nordstrom


Hours of Operation
Open 6 Days
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments welcomed
Warm evenings by chance

Gallery Services

The gallery offers services to meet the needs of collectors regionally and abroad.
- Monthly Exhibitions
- Framing and Design
- Art Search Service
- Delivery Service
- Brokering Service
- In-Home Consultation
- Educational Seminars
- Crating and Shipping


Guest Book
Please sign our guest book and include your preferred form of notification. We'll be glad to call, or send a note or email to tell you about upcoming shows and events. And, if you would like us to help track down a favorite artists work, we'd be happy to help with that too (of course all information you provide will be kept strictly confidential). If you have any questions prior to registering for the mailing list, please email us.
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Location and Parking

The Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Kirkland on Kirkland Avenue and only steps away from the Marina. There is 2 hour free street parking, 4 hours free in the library and a 4 hour paid lot just behind the gallery. The cross street is Lake Street (Lake Washington Blvd.)


L i n k s

• Art Guide Northwest
• Art Access
• Art Appraisers / Dr. Lynn McAllister
• City of Kirkland
• Craters and Freighters
• Bellevue Arts
• Kirkland Art Center
• Lichtenstein Foundation
• Picture Source
• Seattle Arts Commission
• Seattle Weekly
• Szmania’s Restaurant
• Where Magazine
• Flowers
• Phoenix Art Museum
• J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art
• The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at California Plaza
• The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
• Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
• Aspen Art Museum
• Denver Art Museum
• Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
• Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
• Yale Center for British Art
District of Columbia
• Hirshhorn Museum
• Miami Art Museum
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
• High Museum of Art & High Museum of Folk Art & Photography Galleries
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• The Museum of Contemporary Art
• The David and Alfred Smart Museum
• Indianapolis Museum of Art
• The Speed Art Museum
• New Orleans Museum of Art
• Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New York
• Brooklyn Museum of Art
• The Corning Museum of Glass
• The Frick Collection
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Museum of Modern Art
• New Museum of Contemporary Art
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• Cincinnati Art Museum
• Cleveland Museum of Art
• The Toledo Museum of Art
• Gilcrease Museum
• Portland Art Museum
• Carnegie Museum of Art
• The Andy Warhol Museum
• Dallas Museum of Art
• Kimbell Art Museum
• Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth
• Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• The Menil Collection
• Seattle Art Museum
• Frye Art Museum
• Henry Art Museum
• Nordic Heritage Museum
• Milwaukee Art Museum
• Kunsthistorisches Museum
• Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo
• The Montreal Museum of Fine Art
• Royal Ontario Museum
• Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
• Royal Academy of Art
• National Gallery, London
• Tate Gallery
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Louvre Museum
• Museum Ludwig
• Peggy Guggenheim Collection
• The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
• The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
• Museo de Arte Moderno
The Netherlands
• Kröller-Müller Museum
• Rijksmuseum
• Stedelijk Museum
• The Van Gogh Museum
• Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
• The State Hermitage Museum
• Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
• Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
• Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
• Moderna Museet
• Kunstmuseum Basel