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James Lavadour
Though self-taught artist James Lavadour (Walla Walla, b. 1951) is known primarily as a landscape painter, in the 1970s he also began to work extensively on a series of monochromatic abstract paintings, which he refers to as his Interiors. In 2000 he merged this parallel series with his landscapes; his recent paintings, such as Wall (2006), exemplify this complex, nuanced work.

“I am acutely aware of the surface of the canvas and every detail of what is happening in the paint. The images that I see in the paint are memories of my living life, a vision of the minutiae of experiences stimulated by looking into paint. I know that it is a hair’s breadth of difference, but it is important to me as I am only now beginning to understand how a painting functions. A painting is a footprint of a great informative event. It is concrete evidence of unseen processes, that stuff that exists beyond our limited perceptions of time and space. A painting seems to connect into the circuitry of the world both geologically and perceptually.”

—James Lavadour, 2006

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Blanket, 2005
Oil on board
183 x 396 x 5 cm.
Collection of the artist

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Wall, 2006
Oil on board
122 x 152 x 5 cm.
Collection of Ernest C. Swigert
and Nate Overmeyer

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Silver Light, 2006
Oil on board
122 x 152 x 5 cm.
Collection of the artist

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Up Draft, 2006
Oil on board
122 x 152 x 5 cm.
Collection of Ernest C. Swigert
and Nate Overmeyer

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Looking Back, 2005
Oil on board
91 x 122 x 5 cm.
Collection of Atwater Place,
Portland, OR