past exhibition

FEBRUARY 2019: "Catch You on the Flip Side" - A retrospective of the work of David Selleck


David Selleck is honored posthumously in a retrospective show in February 2019. Born in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1947, Selleck graduated magna cum laude with an MFA from the University of Iowa. He came to Oregon and influenced generations of Northwest artists through his teaching at Mt Hood Community College, Portland Community College and Lewis and Clark.

His work was exhibited widely across the Pacific Northwest, and in international exhibitions and his paintings remain in the permanent collection at Hallie Ford Museum in Salem.

Selleck was a much-revered member of Blackfish Gallery. He preferred his work to speak for itself and it did so powerfully. His commanding, often large-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures drew in the viewer and invited their unqualified engagement and participation. His subject matter was frequently political, raw and not for the timid. Blackfish artists especially treasured his wit---he once had a show entitled “Couch Paintings”—and reveled in his love of the color yellow, affection for monkeys and dogs and the compelling enigmatic figures he created that leapt off the canvas and into the collective consciousness. His training, depth and commitment to formal traditions of color and line were evident in all his works, large and small. A “Selleck” was as instantly recognizable and memorable as David himself. In “Catch You on the Flip Side” Blackfish Gallery is honored to celebrate his legacy as an extraordinary Oregon artist they were fortunate to call their own, with deep admiration and even deeper love.