From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch:
Artist Joel Brock died on Oct. 26 at age 52 of natural causes, gallerist Lisa Harris has announced. A memorial has been held. Based in Bow-Edison, Brock showed his work for more than 20 years at Harris’ Gallery. He was born in Denver, raised in Carmel, Calif., and studied with painter Wayne Thiebaud at the University of California at Davis. He was also strongly influenced by the work of artist Richard Diebenkorn.
A memorial page on Lisa Harris Gallery’s website notes, “Brock felt most comfortable in the rural, agricultural farmlands of California and Washington. He first established an art studio in La Conner, Washington, and then in Edison, where he was a generous and engaged member of the community.”
His most recent show at Lisa Harris, “Shadows Cast,” found Brock sharply breaking from his earlier Samish River Valley landscapes and floral still-lifes. One example, “Peace Flower,” looked pretty at first glance, but undercut its own serenity when you realized the acrylic-pastel blossom used a real shotgun shell for its stem. “Dress of Blades,” similarly, had the sweep of a Sargent sketch, but its voluminous dress was constructed from real razor blades. Review here.
A retrospective of Brock’s career runs at Skagit Valley Historical Museum, 501 4th St., La Conner; www.skagitcounty.net/museum