Reading Rilke: the Poetic Paintings of Sharon Kingston
03/25/2012

During April's national poetry month, Seattle's Fountainhead Gallery will present Reading Rilke: the Poetic Paintings of Sharon Kingston, a series of oil paintings inspired by the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and the atmosphere of the Pacific NW.

Online PR News – 25-March-2012 – Seattle, WA – Visual artist Sharon Kingston has been contemplating the words of Rainer Maria Rilke for some time now. During April's national poetry month, Seattle's Fountainhead Gallery will present a group of paintings she refers to as the Reading Rilke series. Inspired by the prose and poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, Sharon's works are a method and means to wrestle with themes such as transformation, impermanence, the unknown and the unsaid through the art forms of poetry and painting.

Poets and painters have long inspired each other. Sharon marries these art forms by taking as source the ineffable ideas expressed by Rilke in his poetry and employing a method of layering transparent oil paint and creating subtle shifts of color to create depth with a minimalism of form. It is her hope that these mysterious, undefined and atmospheric images hold the subjective and sensory allure of abstract painting with the emotional draw of landscape painting and allow the viewer to create their own meaning from the poetry and paintings.

The Fountainhead Gallery exhibit will be Sharon Kingston's first two person exhibit in the Seattle area. Sharon has exhibited extensively in the Bellingham area and has been very active in the downtown Bellingham artwalk scene. Her paintings are currently offering a healing presence at the Healing through Art program at St. Josephs Medical Center. Reading Rilke: The Poetic Paintings of Sharon Kingston will run April 5 - April 29, 2012 at the Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W McGraw, Seattle. An artist reception will be held April 7 from 5 to 7 pm.