For the month of February, Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to exhibit Of Gods and Heroes, a collection of paintings by Seattle artist Michael Spafford. Spafford’s expressive works of mythic figures are bold, painterly, bordering on the abstract. The energetic compositions reveal a process layered with color. This exhibition features 12 Labors of Hercules, a group of oil on paper works, as well as large-scale canvases and works on paper
A graduate of Pomona College and Harvard University, he is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington School of Art. During his career as a painter and printmaker, he has received numerous awards, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, the first Behnke Foundation “Neddy” award, and a Flintridge Foundation Award. In 1967 he was given the Rome Prize and was honored in 1983 with an art award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC. His work includes mural commissions at the Kingdome, The Washington State House of Representatives Chamber, and the Seattle Opera House.