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Winston Wächter Fine Art is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition with Seattle-based painter Philip Govedare. Hinterlands responds to the peripheral landscapes of America, highlighting the natural and altered environment through radiant, candid scenes that soften into abstraction. Ravines splinter through agricultural heartlands stripped of all distinguishability, marking the manmade sculpting of the earth as both sublime and worrisome. Govedare gives equal thought to all forces, juxtaposing looming cloud formations and glints of dust with fractured fields and winding roads. Intervention in the land is abundant, though it remains enticing and full of mystery. From keenly impartial aerial perspectives, Govedare lets us sift the earth like a book, scanning through the inexhaustible country for solace, beauty, and insight.
Philip Govedare earned his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia. He has exhibited widely in the US and in Europe and his awards include an individual artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in painting, and a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work is on display in a permanent installation in Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. Most recently, Govedare’s work was shown in the SURGE Exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art, and the Bellingham National 2019-Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today where he was awarded 1st prize. Govedare’s work has crossed disciplines into geography and environmental science, and his collaborations include the American Association of Geographers, the Nature Conservancy, and the UW College of the Environment scientists addressing the issue of climate change and our role as a force of nature in the Anthropocene. Govedare is a Professor of art at the University of Washington.