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Broadway Vampires, 1989

Broadway Vampires, oil on canvas, 63 x 68 inches, copyright ©1989
Broadway Vampires, oil on canvas, 63 x 68 inches, copyright ©1989

This is another painting from my first show at Davidson Galleries. The subject is from Halloween night the previous year. I wanted to paint some ghouls, vampires and other creatures of the night. I did several paintings of similar subjects. This painting, which is quite large, depicts a couple of dangerously seductive vampires. The one on the right was the sister of my then girlfriend, the sculptor Heather Ramsay. The one on the left was a stranger that we met in Pioneer Square, and who was happy to tag along as part of our “coven.” ‘Broadway Vampires’ is now in the collection of John and JoAnn Laney, old friends from my New York days.

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Running Man, 1989

Running Man, oil on canvas, 18 X 24 inches, copyright ©1989 | 3/56
Running Man, oil on canvas, 18 X 24 inches, copyright ©1989

This painting was included in my first exhibition at Davidson Galleries in 1989. It was purchased by John Hauberg, a noted businessman and supporter of the arts in Seattle. John Hauberg was also the founder of the Pilchuck Glass School. When he passed away in 2002, many of the works from his collection were sold. However, I was told by my then dealer John Braseth, that this work would remain with the family. I am not certain of the current whereabouts of Running Man, but it has always been one of my favorites among the small early cityscapes that I’ve done.

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Work In Progress: Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires

Plaza Guemes, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016
Plaza Guemes, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016

This is a long-term project, a painting of Plaza Guemes. Plaza Guemes is a public square in the Palermo Viejo district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The painting is based on a small study that I did on location, as well as photomontages, and photographs and other source material that I developed during the course of my working on the study. You can follow the painting’s progress on my “Painter’s Workshop” page here.

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Portrait

Val and Peggy's Kids, oil on canvas,  26 x 32 inches, copright ©1992
Val and Peggy’s Kids, oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches, copright ©1992

This is a painting of my old friends Val and Peggy’s children, done 23 years ago. I was able to photograph this during my recent trip to Spokane. The painting was a trade for a car, I believe a Toyota, although I don’t really remember it. I do remember that I ran it into the ground. At one point the latch on the hood was no longer working, and I duck-taped the hood shut. On a few occasions the duck tape lost adhesion, and the hood flew up while we were driving on the freeway. Fun times.

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More Auction Miscellany

A few more items found while searching Google for recently auctioned paintings:

99 (Elliott Bay), oil on canvas, 44 x 54 inches, copyright ©1985
99 (Elliott Bay), oil on canvas, 44 x 54 inches, copyright ©1985

This work was on eBay, priced optimistically at $10,000 with current bid at $7,000. It was purchased at Foster White Gallery in 1985 by the Columbia Club, at the top of what was then called Columbia Tower. I’m not sure how the current owner acquired it. It has slight damage, a small tear. (more…)

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Pergola, Early Spring

Pergola, Early Spring, oil on canvas, 32X54 inches, copyright ©1989
Pergola, Early Spring, oil on canvas, 32 X 54 inches, copyright ©1989

This painting was initially done as a commission. The clients were a prominent construction and contracting family, and they were brought into Davidson Galleries for my first show. Their interior decorator had wanted them to see a sculpture that was in Davidson’s inventory, but they were really excited about a painting of the Kingdome that I had done, (and which is now in the collection of University Hospital.) The decorator “refused to allow them to hang a painting of the Kingdome” in his interior design, so they compromised on a commission of the Pergola.

When the painting was nearing completion, I met with the interior designer in a small frame shop. He took one look at the painting, and with over-the-top histrionics he informed me that the clients “did not like black and they do not like yellow.” I ended up doing an entirely different image of the Pergola, which they accepted, although they would have preferred that it pictured “her Corvette and his cement truck.” That painting is pictured below.

“Pergola, Early Spring” is now in the collection of Chicago Title Insurance. The image of “Pergola, Early Spring” above was taken by my friend Ryan Price, on a visit to the title insurance company.

Pergola, Red Car, oil on canvas, 32X54 inches, copyright ©1989
Pergola, Red Car, oil on canvas, 32 X 54 inches, copyright ©1989

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William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections.

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William E. Elston

aritst/owner: the art of painting
William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections.