March 2nd - April 1st, 2006
The painting in this show are based on snapshots of Drake, when he was a child. They reveal a man who on some deep level must have known he didn’t have a lot of time left. The titles for his canvases also echo the artist’s introspection with ‘State of Arrival’, ‘Reflection’ and his final painting, the poignant ‘Untitled (I wish I could fly)’
‘At first, I made work that intended to mirror processes that occur in nature, such as accretion and erosion. When I lived on the Oregon Coast this made sense to me. When I moved to Seattle in 1981 the rhythm and pace of daily life and the connection to the world beyond brought me to a re - evaluation of my motive.
In time I wanted my work to encompass a more personal and human-centric experiencing of being in the world... In the mid 1980’s I began working with the figure. Painting and drawing directly from models in constant motion. One of the themes that evolved from this work was the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. A metaphoric root cause of the current state of the world.
Working in Berlin and Seattle, my work alludes increasingly to the time and situation into which I was born, the “ge-worfenfenheit” that shapes the world as I see it and am affected by it.’
– Artist Statement by Drake Deknatel, 2005
Drake Deknatel 1943-2005