John R Stahl, who passed in January 2017, was a consummate artist, advocate and mentor. We are honored to have gotten to know John and his wife Janet shortly after opening Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City, and discovering that the Stahls lived on the edge of Netarts Bay, only a short drive north over Cape Lookout.
It is a great privilege to share work from John’s eclectic and prolific career with an ever-expanding circle of enthusiastic collectors and admirers–work that ranges from large, bold abstract canvases, to intimate, atmospheric watercolors; from solid, sensuous, hand-shaped Wilson River stones, to intriguingly collaged ephemera and mono prints.
"The diversity in my art can be found in the Northwest landscape with its generous basic elements and its unparallel variety of terrain which give such great distinction to shapes through light, shadow and color."
In September 2017, Rowboat Gallery hosted a memorial exhibit of representative work from John’s career, curated with Janet’s invaluable assistance. The opening reception on September 9th featured contributions and tributes from a number of other artists who have worked with, and been influenced by John and his art. This influence came not only directly through his role as a long-time teacher and mentor (beginning at Portland’s Museum Art School in 1973), but also as an active collaborator in a vibrant community of committed professional Northwest artists who shared John’s deep connection with Oregon’s natural environment and the importance of communicating shared values through a cohesive, organic esthetic vocabulary.
The Hallie Ford Museum Art at Willamette University has announced the publication of a full-color, 96 page hardcover book on John Stahl art, life and career, written by professor emeritus and senior faculty curator Roger Hull, with additional contributions from former Portland Art Museum curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson and Portland artist Lucinda Parker.
The book is being released in conjunction with an exhibit at the Museum curated by Hull that will run from May 11 through August 11, 2019. A wide range of Stahl's work from the past 35 years will be featured, and Hull will discuss the artist's work on Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm in the Paulus Lecture Hall in the Willamette University College of Law, followed at 3–5 pm by a reception at the Museum.
Rowboat Gallery will also host a book-release event later this Summer. We are still coordinating the timing, and will be posting more details within the next several weeks. Browse work we are currently featuring below.
New Moons – Full Moon, mixed media
Newts' Pond, acylic, assemblage
Eleven, print / collage
The Sun Also Rises, mixed media
Summer Night, screen print
Blue, Purlpe - 3 Lines, screen print
Red Feather Dance, collage
From Laura, print / collage
Chimaukum, Wilson River Stone
Nootka, Wilson River Stone
Quileute, Wilson River Stone
Quinault, Wilson River Stone
Talio, Wilson River Stone
Tlingit II, Wilson River Stone
Shaman, Wilson River Stone
Tongas, Wilson River Stone
Quinnault Beaver, alder wood
American Widgeon, carved & painted cedar
Half Moon on Netarts Bay, watercolor
Sauvies Island Dawn, watercolor
Late Evening, watercolor
Flood Stage, watercolor
Lumbards on the Columbia, watercolor
Distant Cape, watercolor
Flood Stage, watercolor