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Drake Deknatel
Small Paintings

August 5 - August 28, 2010
Drake Deknatel
Small Paintings
Drake Deknatel was an abstract painter, based in Seattle for over 20 years, who also maintained a studio in Berlin, Germany for the last several years of his life. Though mostly known in the Northwest for his abstract expressionist-style paintings, Deknatel's late work demonstrates a distinctly European influence, marked by his intense examination of a single concept and image. In this case, Deknatel created a series of over 20 very small (most are 6 x 4") paintings of a figure, perhaps a soldier, standing alone in an undefined space. The unrelenting repetition of this imagery (not only in this body of work, but throughout many of Deknatel’s later paintings) turns these recognizable forms into abstracted shapes, asking the viewer to examine the possibility of a larger, less concrete, narrative.

Born in New York City in 1943, Drake Deknatel grew up in Chicago, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by the University of Arizona. The Elizabeth Leach Gallery has represented Deknatel since 1991.


Exhibition Images

Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD346)
Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD346)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
10 x 8 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD358)
Untitled (man with ammo DD358)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD355)
Untitled (man with ammo DD355)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD354)
Untitled (man with ammo DD354)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD353)
Untitled (man with ammo DD353)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD352)
Untitled (man with ammo DD352)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD351)
Untitled (man with ammo DD351)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD349)
Untitled (man with ammo DD349)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD348)
Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD348)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
10 x 8 inches

 
 
Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD347)
Untitled (Figure with Ammo DD347)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
10 x 8 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD345)
Untitled (man with ammo DD345)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD344)
Untitled (man with ammo DD344)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD343)
Untitled (man with ammo DD343)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD342)
Untitled (man with ammo DD342)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD341)
Untitled (man with ammo DD341)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (man with ammo DD340)
Untitled (man with ammo DD340)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD339)
Untitled (figure with plane DD339)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD338)
Untitled (figure with plane DD338)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD337)
Untitled (figure with plane DD337)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD336)
Untitled (figure with plane DD336)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD335)
Untitled (figure with plane DD335)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 
Untitled (figure with plane DD334)
Untitled (figure with plane DD334)
aliphatic urethane & pigment
6 x 4 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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