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Monumental Pop. David Pirrie

For the first thirty-something years of this Florida girl’s life, I never really experienced mountains.  And when I did, it was only the foothills of the Smokies.  Then I visited Mr. F while he was living in Seattle and I saw the Olympics.  And the Cascades.  And we snowshoed in April on Mt. Rainier and I fell in love with Mr. F and those glorious snow-capped peaks!  This series of paintings by artist David Pirrie have me longing for those jagged, snowy crests.

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Pirrie doesn’t just paint mountains, but hikes and climbs them, too, which any hiker will tell you creates a bond between man and mountain.  Hard work and endurance pays off in little seen vistas, in a feeling of intimacy with these monumental stacks of earth.  His use of dots and bright, flat color not only decontextualize the mountains from the surrounding landscape but also nods to the iconic status these looming peaks achieve.  On a sunny day in Seattle, you’ll hear locals proclaim “The mountain is out!” and every one knows what that means.  The clouds have broken and Mt. Rainier can be seen looming surrealistically over the city skyline, dwarfing everything around it.

There is something magnetic about these formations, the mountains call to us like sirens, we see them from afar and somehow know that there is magic within their being.  The mountains are calling and we must answer.

To see more of the work of David Pirrie, please visit his website.  You can see his current solo show, Mapping the Tetons, at Diehl Gallery in Jackson, WY, through September 3rd.

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  • Frances Louise Rice

    Perhaps it is because I am viewing these on the computer but they have the visual look of a print rather than a painting. I like them and am glad you shared them!

    • Artsy Forager

      I agree, Frances! They may have more physical dimension in person, but I love the flatness of them. Good to hear from you!