"Chuck Gumpert’s bold abstract works and unique figurative paintings are at once expressive, energetic and thought provoking — inviting viewers to explore and process their own internal & personal narrative"

 

Artist Statement

Have you ever looked up the meaning of a favorite song that you didn't quite understand the lyrics to?  or a poem which takes a lot of “poetic license”?

We can find a wide variety of interpretations of the meaning of works of prose or lyrics — virtually all conceived without ever having an opportunity to directly communicate with the artists themselves — and perhaps taking the artists' intentions beyond what they imagined.  More often than not, that is how we experience art — internally and personally.

I think of many of my abstract compositions as musical — influenced and inspired by “abstract” music: Björk, Radiohead, R.E.M., Muse, Depeche Mode; and the symphonic work of Philip Glass, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and other modern composers.  The beauty of these types of music, for me, is the lyrical and sonic experimentation — at times discordant, minimalist, energetic, harmonic and nonsensical — which convey all manner of emotions, images, and narratives.  

My hope is that in my abstraction, viewers will have a unique personal experience, enjoying a moment of their own creativity to see or feel whatever flows through the art to them.

Each viewer may have his or her own very different response — interpreting shapes as subject; colors and textures as emotions; brush strokes and splatters as musical expressions.  I thoroughly enjoy when my art has the power to awaken subjective memories or unconscious associations.  Abstract is an escape into the kind of reality we experience only in our dreams!  

When people ask me what any one piece is about, I can’t always put my finger on what I tapped into in the moments of its creation.  Each new painting is a culmination of forty-plus years of experiences, emotions and observations — and a further exploration into my imagination, my memory and my heart.  While I can share my inspiration point for my abstraction, I often insist that I’m not a writer, I’m not a poet, I’m not a musician or philosopher — I’m a visual artist.  I prefer to believe my "story" has been told on the canvas — I invite you to explore yours!

Chuck Gumpert in the studio


Selected Résumé


Education:

Fine Art Degree — Cypress College, Cypress, CA, 1993
Semester Abroad — University of Cambridge, UK, 1992


Work History:

Professional Fine Artist, 2003 – Present
Freelance Graphic Designer, 2003 – Present
Graphic Designer, University of Washington, 1998 – 2003


Current Gallery Representation:

Brian Marki Fine Art — Palm Springs, CA
Gallery 903 — Portland, OR
DragonFire Gallery — Cannon Beach, OR
Howard/Mandville Gallery — Kirkland, WA 
Gallery Mack — Seattle, WA


Exhibitions:

DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Spring Unveiliing" — May, 2017
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA — group show, "Contemporary Showcase" — March, 2017
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA — group show, "Contemporary Showcase" — Aug, 2016
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Wild Spirit, Conservation for Life" — May, 2016
Gallery 903, Portland, OR — group show, "Colorworks" — March, 2016
Brian Marki Gallery, Palm Springs, CA — three person show, “Contemporary Abstraction” — Feb 24 - Mar 16, 2016
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Inspiration Point" — Nov, 2015
Gallery 903, Portland, OR — group show, "Mixed Moods" — Sept, 2015
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA — two-man show, "Organic Tendency" — July 18, 2015
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA — group show, "25th Anniversary Exhibition" — May, 2015
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Spring Unveiliing" — May, 2015
Gallery 903, Portland, OR — two-man show, "Particular Space" — March, 2015
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA — two-man show, "One Path – Two Visions" — Aug 16 -Sept 7, 2014
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Spring Unveiliing: Garden Party" — May, 2014
Gallery 903, Portland, OR — solo show, "Internal & Personal" — Sept – Oct, 2013
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake" — Feb, 2013
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — group show, "The Space Between the Notes" — Nov, 2012
Childhood'd End Gallery, Olympia, WA — two person show, July 6 – Sept 3, 2012
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — featured artist, group show, "Stormy Weather", Nov, 2011
Gallery 903, Portland, OR — two person show, "One Path, Two Visions" — June 2 – July 31, 2011
Swenson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — group show, "Small Works" Dec 2 – 31, 2010
Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA — group show, "BIG: An exploration" — Sept 23 – Nov 6, 2010
Art On The Boulevard, Vancouver, WA — solo show, "Urbanology: Exploring the Contemporary Figure" Oct, 2010
Swenson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — featured artist, Aug-Sept, 2010
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — featured artist, group show, "Spring Unnveiling", May, 2010
Two Vaults Gallery, Tacoma, WA — solo show, "Engage" — May-June, 2009
Marion Meyer Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA — two person show — "Expansive Viewpoints" Aug, 2008
DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR — featured artist, group show, "Spring Unnveiling", May, 2008
Art On The Boulevard, Vancouver, WA — solo show, "Negotiating Vision" May, 2008
Two Vaults Gallery, Tacoma, WA — two person show, "Prevail" July—Sept, 2007
Art On The Boulevard, Vancouver, WA — two person show, "Imagination in the Abstract" May, 2007
Two Vaults Gallery, Tacoma, WA — solo show, "Inescapable" Sept–Oct, 2006
Art On The Boulevard, Vancouver, WA — three person show, "Abstract!" July, 2006
Two Vaults Gallery, Tacoma, WA — solo show, Feb–March, 2006


Selected Public Work:

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA

Portland International Airport Exhibition, Portland, OR (images)

The Station at Othello Park, Seattle, WA

Vulcan Real Estate | South Lake Union Discovery Center, Seattle, WA

Citizen of the Pike Pine Apartments, Seattle, WA

733 Lake Street Condominium, Kirkland, WA

Saito's Japanese Restaurant, Seattle, WA

Bridge Condominium, Tacoma, WA 

 

Selected Private Collections and Commissions:

Margrit Goverdhan, Mumbai, Maharashtra, IN
Paul Lo, Taipei, TW
Nathalie Irvine and Bruno Latchague, Lège-Cap-Ferret, FR & Bellevue, WA
John and Eleanor Elliott, Calgary, AB
Terry Selinger, Calgary, AB
Derek and Pam Fry, Salt Spring Island, BC

Sarah Horsman and Michael Perna, Tempe, AZ
Rosa Coyoto, Scottsdale, AZ
Peter Vilkin, Palo Alto, CA
David and Candice Garrett, San Jose, CA
Sarah Wiehl, Santa Monica, CA
Robert Swartz, Palm Beach Garden, FL
Jill Riemer, Atlanta, GA
Gary Meyers, Duluth, GA
Jamie and Jeremiah O’Mahoney, Boise, ID
Keith Alyea and Fidel Montoya, Charlotte, NC
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Burns, Pine Brook, NJ
Russ Craig, New York, NY
Joanna Caldas, New York, NY
Susan Corden, Baltimore, MD
Kelly Paulsen-Brand, Minneapolis, MN
Carol Madison, Cannon Beach, OR
Grahm and Kerry Olton, Eugene, OR
Les Lewis and Rick Watkins, Portland, OR
Keith Self, Portland, OR
Jennifer Hubbert and Jay Crary, Portland, OR
Maria Kaempf, Portland, OR
Michael and Mary Reinbold, Portland, OR
Tony and Deb Sorem, Salem, OR
Celeste Schiebold, Tigard, OR
 

Cynthia Freimuth, Bellevue, WA
Eric DeGooyer and Linda Lundgren, Bellevue, WA
Bill and Joanna Demarsico-Larkin, Blaine, WA
Jeff and Karen DeBerard, Gig Harbor, WA
Shannon Brown Rauch, Gig Harbor, WA
Ana Alvernaz and John Voigt, Gig Harbor, WA
Dan and Kristine Antilla, Gig Harbor, WA
Kenson and Andrea Lee, Gig Harbor, WA
Lisa Close, Kirkland, WA
Michael Adlers, Mercer Island, WA
K and Frances Iwasawa, Olympia, WA
Jim Napoleon and Rich Holliday, Port Orchard, WA
Laura and John Boyle, Redmond, WA
Gabbi and Brad Thompson, Redmond, WA
Lew and Sally Jones, Renton, WA
Jeff Georges, Seattle WA
John and Anne Larson, Seattle, WA
Anna Goussiou, Seattle, WA
Jeff Cavins, Seattle, WA
Michael Lane and Paul McKee, Seattle, WA
Erik Lausund, Seattle, WA
Lisa Dodge, Seattle, WA
Don and Linda Moore, Sammamish, WA
Suzanne and Dick Arkless, Seabeck, WA
Debbie and Brian Bowman, Seabeck, WA
Randy and Naomi Riggins, Sequim, WA
Xotchil A. and Phillip Hill, Tacoma, WA
Randy Holland and Becky Benko, Tacoma, WA
Joe and Lisa Vincenzo, Tacoma, WA
Jan and Winston Asai, Vancouver, WA
Shirley Lewis-Hartman, Vancouver, WA
Grace Teigen and Gene Wigglesworth, Vancouver, WA
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Stitcher, Wenatchee, WA


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
— Pablo Picasso

"The more frightening the world becomes ... the more art becomes abstract.”

— Wassily Kandinsky

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
— Albert Einstein