Studio Q is proud to present a show celebrating the life and art of a tremendously prolific Northwest surrealist painter, sculptor, poet, and more – whose career spanned more than four decades.
Remembering John Logan Harter
Dec. 19, 1940 – May 2008
An exhibition of selected works
Curated by Ken Slusher of Open Mondays and courtesy of the estate of John Logan Harter
First Thursday Art Walk, Dec. 4, 2008, 6-10 p.m.
Open House, Dec. 6-7, 2008, Noon-4 p.m.
Studio Q Gallery
619 Western Ave. (near Yesler in Pioneer Square)
Fourth Floor North
Seattle, WA 98104
"He's an artist who is not afraid of distorting reality, using enigmatic objects, and/or creating a visual vocabulary through the juxtaposition of objects within his work."
– Duane Kirby Jensen, Everett Independent Voice, November 1999
"Harter has a theory that Northwest art is distinguished by a peculiar blend of realism, Asian influence, East Coast pop, West Coast funk, and folk art."
– Lynn Basa, Bellevue Journal-American, Nov. 29, 1987
"John Harter's work would get a lot more attention if he were living in Chicago. He paints a kind of precisely delineated visual oddity that has no precedents here. The ground isn't the ground, the sky is a drop curtain and the roads tunnel off to nowhere. Harter's contribution to this show will offer many people a chance to catch up with one of Seattle's own first-class, latter-day Surrealists."
– Regina Hackett, Seattle-Post intelligencer, Oct. 26, 1980
"There is an element of the absurd coupled with wit. ... the paintings and drawings are intimate explorations into a very subjective reality. There are oddities -- rendered in meticulous detail. The aesthetic seems as cleancut as a crewcut, but we know it isn't. It is a mockery of the crewcut syndrome."
– R.M. Campbell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August (year unknown)
"Harter's flawless technique of acrylic on masonite creates fun studies which take a distorted view of the objects around us."
– Mayumi Tsutakawa, Seattle Times, February (year unknown)