2023 February Collectors Estate Sale Auction

2023 February Collectors Estate Sale Auction

Lots start closing Sunday, February 26, 2023  |  5:15 PM Pacific
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2023 February Collectors Estate Sale Auction

2023 February Collectors Estate Sale Auction

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Variation Xii By Frank Okada 21.5in Tall X 28in Wide

Lot # 5000      

Earlier Work
In Okada's early paintings, each was carefully controlled in both composition and color, alternating as they did between symmetry and implied symmetry and between monochrome and subtly manipulated monochrome. The painted fields of some works become a delicate surface of exquisitely rendered brush strokes, with all of the shimmering complexity of a silk tapestry. In other paintings, the overall color field will be derived from many different tones of that color, perhaps laid over a backdrop of dissimilar hues. In a field of brilliant red the viewer may be startled to catch a glimmer of yellow or to find that the slivers of other colors at the edges repeat themselves in whispers in the under painting within the larger field.

Paintings, 1996-2000
Most clearly, Okada?s last series of paintings suggest a great variety of formal influences, including fan, urn and kimono shapes relating to his ancestral Japanese culture. With continued examination, Okada's refined painterly surfaces and highly developed sense of color also become apparent. The expansive paint surface is built of thousands of shimmering brush strokes laid one atop another with small brushes, acquiring an appearance similar to silk brocade.

In this work, familiar shapes once confined to the margins of the canvas have begun to migrate towards the middle of the work and play a more active role as formal elements of the painting. Furthermore, where random chaos once flourished in his vast expanses of color, subtle striations and patterns have appeared in some works, creating a gentle movement from shape to shape. His subtly manipulated fields of color most often come in the form of bright marine blues, crisp whites, golden yellows, and vivid reds. This marked a return to Okada?s work of a dynamic, graphic sense of color and shape.

Personal History
Frank Okada was born in Seattle in 1931. He taught painting at the University of Oregon, retiring in 1999. Okada received his B.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy in 1957. He lived and worked in Eugene, Oregon until his death in October, 2000.

Commissions, Honors and Awards
Okada was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959 and a Whitney Fellowship in 1957. He had several one-person exhibitions at regional institutions, including: The Whatcom County Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA (1997), Portland Art Museum, Oregon (1972) and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (1970). In addition, Okada?s work had been exhibited in group exhibitions including Asian Tradition, Modern Expression, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ (1997); Light, Shadow and Gesture: By Northwest Artists, Seattle Art Museum (1997); Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA (1995); ART/LA 90, Los Angeles, CA (1991) and Japan and the Northwest, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (1982). His work had been shown at the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Foster/White Gallery, Seattle. Okada exhibited with the Greg Kucera Gallery beginning in 1988 and continuing up to his death in 2000.

Works by the artist are included in the collections of: Philbrook Museum, Museum of Northwestern Art, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA; Portland Art Museum; SAFECO Insurance Company, Seattle; Seattle Art Museum; Swedish Hospital, Seattle; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; University of Oregon Museum, Eugene; Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA.


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Crystal Profile by Michael Bokrosh III Cut and Polished Glass

Lot # 5080      

Artist Statement

The sculptures that emerge out of my creative process reflect different aspects of my Soul. Each piece has its own history, its own past, present and future Mythology.

It is a great Journey getting to know one's own Soul. I do this by exploring, through the Work, the deep processes of my psyche. My intention in this Work is to lead to a better understanding of human values; the contraction of unconsciousness as opposed to the expansiveness of the creative process.

I would especially like to give heartfelt thanks and honor to all of my teachers, large and small, who have so graciously and patiently given of themselves.

Michael R. Bokrosh III
Bokrosh Studio Glass Repair
10016 Edmonds Way
Suite C # 181
Edmonds, WA 98020
Telephone: 206-941-7976

A Biography of Glass Artist
Michael Robert Bokrosh III
Michael Bokrosh was born 1953 in Mankato, Minnesota and grew up surrounded by the glass tradition of his father, Michael Jr., a master glass craftsman for over 50 years. At the age of 14 Michael began his glass apprenticeship under the guidance of his father at Zeno glass company in Mankato.

Michael BokroshParents of Michael Bokrosh
Eight years later in 1975, Michael Bokrosh took a position with Glass Craft Studio in Portland, Oregon. At that time, stained glass as an art form was experiencing a grass root resurgence. Bokrosh's next apprenticeship training began at Glass Craft Studio in the drafting of glass designs used in the reproduction of stain glass lamps.

Within six months Bokrosh had mastered the drafting and design transfers and his training continued with glass cutting. Bokrosh was familiar with how to cut plate glass, having learned it earlier in his father's business. However the endless varieties and variations of the stained art glass medium required a flexibility and patience that would serve him well in years to come.

Within a year, he advanced to the glass art repair and restoration division of Glass Craft Studio, and two years later, Bokrosh's skill level was proficient enough that he could execute the designing, cutting, and repairing of art glass projects at Glass craft Studio. In 1977 Bokrosh, began his teaching career with an evening stained-glass class through Portland community college.


Stained Glass
In 1978, while still at Glass Craft Studio, Bokrosh developed an intense interest in the beveled art glass form and began to teach himself the technical process of glass beveling. The process of developing this difficult skill coupled with the growing demand for beveled art glass, lead to a chance meeting with an old world master of engraved and beveled art glass, George Smolcic. It is at Glass Craft Studio then that Michael Bokrosh first realized he would become a glass artist.

His new mentor George Smolcic, further solidified Bokrosh's career path by arranging for him to train in Europe at the Brusinia Stakla factory in Pula, Yugoslavia. Michael studied at that old world factory the cutting and polishing of art glass for six months with George's father, Duro Smolcic. Beveled GlassAfter his apprenticeship in Yugoslavia, Michael realized the value of the European glass master training programs; subsequently he applied for a position at the glass school in Orrefors, Sweden. Orrefors is a renowned art glass factory in the heart of the glass industry in Sweden. It was a significant move in Bokrosh's career when, in 1980, the government sponsored art school accepted Michael into its two-year glass masters program. "I felt extremely fortunate to be able to attend the Orrefors Glass School," commented Bokrosh. "The reputation of the school was excellent and I would be studying under the well-known art glass masters, who taught there," he added. The technical art training at the glass school was systematic; mornings were dedicated to learning how to shape hot glass art on the blowpipes, and the afternoons were spent learning the basic skills of cutting cold art glass. With the first school year over, a Norwegian classmate found a summer job for the impoverished Bokrosh at a glass factory in Oslo, Norway. This summer work provided the artist the necessary funding to continue at the Orrefors Glass school. Bokrosh's impressive work ethic at the glass factory in Oslo also earned him an invitation to come back and work there whenever he had a break from school.

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Returning to the Orrefors' the following year as a senior, his skills with glass blowing and cutting greatly increased. Bokrosh was now learning how to blow glass into graphite molds and within a few months he was turning out a significant amount of production glass. The advanced cold working training consisted of mastering the deep cutting and engraving of traditional and contemporary designs into heavy lead crystal. The artist's steady hand and patience from his previous glass b...more
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Red Portal by Michael Bokrosh III Cut and Polished Yellow Glass

Lot # 5092      

12in x 7.5in x 3in

Artist Statement
 
The sculptures that emerge out of my creative process reflect different aspects of my Soul. Each piece has its own history, its own past, present and future Mythology.

It is a great Journey getting to know one's own Soul. I do this by exploring, through the Work, the deep processes of my psyche. My intention in this Work is to lead to a better understanding of human values; the contraction of unconsciousness as opposed to the expansiveness of the creative process.

I would especially like to give heartfelt thanks and honor to all of my teachers, large and small, who have so graciously and patiently given of themselves.

Michael R. Bokrosh III
Bokrosh Studio Glass Repair
10016 Edmonds Way
Suite C # 181
Edmonds, WA 98020
Telephone: 206-941-7976


A Biography of Glass Artist
Michael Robert Bokrosh III
Michael Bokrosh was born 1953 in Mankato, Minnesota and grew up surrounded by the glass tradition of his father, Michael Jr., a master glass craftsman for over 50 years. At the age of 14 Michael began his glass apprenticeship under the guidance of his father at Zeno glass company in Mankato.

Michael BokroshParents of Michael Bokrosh
Eight years later in 1975, Michael Bokrosh took a position with Glass Craft Studio in Portland, Oregon. At that time, stained glass as an art form was experiencing a grass root resurgence. Bokrosh's next apprenticeship training began at Glass Craft Studio in the drafting of glass designs used in the reproduction of stain glass lamps.

Within six months Bokrosh had mastered the drafting and design transfers and his training continued with glass cutting. Bokrosh was familiar with how to cut plate glass, having learned it earlier in his father's business. However the endless varieties and variations of the stained art glass medium required a flexibility and patience that would serve him well in years to come.

Within a year, he advanced to the glass art repair and restoration division of Glass Craft Studio, and two years later, Bokrosh's skill level was proficient enough that he could execute the designing, cutting, and repairing of art glass projects at Glass craft Studio. In 1977 Bokrosh, began his teaching career with an evening stained-glass class through Portland community college.


Stained Glass
In 1978, while still at Glass Craft Studio, Bokrosh developed an intense interest in the beveled art glass form and began to teach himself the technical process of glass beveling. The process of developing this difficult skill coupled with the growing demand for beveled art glass, lead to a chance meeting with an old world master of engraved and beveled art glass, George Smolcic. It is at Glass Craft Studio then that Michael Bokrosh first realized he would become a glass artist.

His new mentor George Smolcic, further solidified Bokrosh's career path by arranging for him to train in Europe at the Brusinia Stakla factory in Pula, Yugoslavia. Michael studied at that old world factory the cutting and polishing of art glass for six months with George's father, Duro Smolcic. Beveled GlassAfter his apprenticeship in Yugoslavia, Michael realized the value of the European glass master training programs; subsequently he applied for a position at the glass school in Orrefors, Sweden. Orrefors is a renowned art glass factory in the heart of the glass industry in Sweden. It was a significant move in Bokrosh's career when, in 1980, the government sponsored art school accepted Michael into its two-year glass masters program. "I felt extremely fortunate to be able to attend the Orrefors Glass School," commented Bokrosh. "The reputation of the school was excellent and I would be studying under the well-known art glass masters, who taught there," he added. The technical art training at the glass school was systematic; mornings were dedicated to learning how to shape hot glass art on the blowpipes, and the afternoons were spent learning the basic skills of cutting cold art glass. With the first school year over, a Norwegian classmate found a summer job for the impoverished Bokrosh at a glass factory in Oslo, Norway. This summer work provided the artist the necessary funding to continue at the Orrefors Glass school. Bokrosh's impressive work ethic at the glass factory in Oslo also earned him an invitation to come back and work there whenever he had a break from school.

Glass Blowing
Returning to the Orrefors' the following year as a senior, his skills with glass blowing and cutting greatly increased. Bokrosh was now learning how to blow glass into graphite molds and within a few months he was turning out a significant amount of production glass. The advanced cold working training consisted of mastering the deep cutting and engraving of traditional and contemporary designs into heavy lead crystal. The artist's steady hand...more
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