Whiting Tennis  Studio Wall, 2021

Studio Wall

2021

acrylic and collage on canvas

54 x 69 inches

Whiting Tennis  Swamp Thing, 2021

Swamp Thing

2021

oil on canvas

30 x 22 inches

Whiting Tennis  Study for Windmill, 2021

Study for Windmill

2021

oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Whiting Tennis  Tudor Object, 2021

Tudor Object

2021

oil on canvas

34 x 26 inches

Whiting Tennis  Castle, 2021

Castle

2021

oil pastel and collage on paper

16 x 20 inches

Whiting Tennis  Red and Blue Bottles, 2021

Red and Blue Bottles

2021

oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Whiting Tennis  Study for Bug, 2021

Study for Bug

2021

oil on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Whiting Tennis  Study for Rook, 2021

Study for Rook

2021

collage with hand-printed paper and oil pastel on paper

12 x 9 inches

Whiting Tennis  White Pile, 2020

White Pile

2020

collage with cardboard and gesso

10 x 7 inches

Whiting Tennis  Red Machine, 2020

Red Machine

2020

collage with oil pastel on paper

12 x 9 inches

Whiting Tennis  Submarine Head, 2020

Submarine Head

2020

charcoal on paper

12 x 9 inches

Whiting Tennis  Blue Elephant, 2020

Blue Elephant

2020

collage on mat board

10.25 x 9.5 inches

Whiting Tennis  Collage in Red and Black, 2020

Collage in Red and Black

2020

collage on paper

12 x 9 inches

Whiting Tennis  Fossil (Insect), 2020

Fossil (Insect)

2020

cast concrete, aluminum

10 x 10 x 1 inches

Whiting Tennis  Spear and Cup Collage, 2020

Spear and Cup Collage

2020

collage with hand-printed paper and oil pastel on paper

16 x 11 inches

Whiting Tennis  Feral Cat, 2019

Feral Cat

2019

acrylic and collage on canvas

45 x 33 inches

Whiting Tennis  Study for Jurassic, 2019

Study for Jurassic

2019

oil on canvas

35 x 28 inches

Whiting Tennis  Untitled Collage (in White, Brown, and Black), 2019

Untitled Collage (in White, Brown, and Black)

2019

pastel and collage on paper

17 x 14 inches

Whiting Tennis - Menagerie, 2019

Menagerie

2019

oil on canvas

31.5 x 23.5 inches

Whiting Tennis - Stick Figure

Stick Figure (Painting)

2019

oil on panel

31 x 21 inches

Whiting Tennis  Germanic Bird, 2018

Germanic Bird

2018

oil on canvas

27 x 22 inches

Whiting Tennis  Black Balloon, 2017

Black Balloon

2017

oil on canvas

28 x 22 inches

Press Release

Russo Lee Gallery is thrilled to exhibit Studio by Whiting Tennis for the month of April. Based in Seattle, Tennis is known for working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, installation, set design, public art, and musical performance. While loosely referencing wood, architecture, and structure, his compositions avoid settling into one style or meaning. This exhibition, referencing a Modernist vibe, features small works on paper and mid-size paintings and collages. There is also a new, large-scale mixed media work titled Studio Wall, from which the show takes its title. Whiting Tennis received a BFA from the University of Washington. He is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery of Seattle and Derek Eller Gallery in New York City. 

Artist Statement

This exhibition is a survey of works from a few years old to brand new. Most of the paintings are derived from drawings and collage, which are themselves generated in the “automatic” mode. Popularized by the surrealists of the early 20th century, this is the experimental practice of releasing control of the drawing implement and allowing, as much as possible, the image to draw itself. My experience with it has inspired a much less skeptical view of the realm of the subconscious. If an inanimate object can be said to have power, its source must be within ourselves. What we bring, what we imagine, what we project, reflects back onto us in waves of awe and desire. Art flows from and within this mysterious rapport and its voice is accumulative; art consumed and forgotten creating the ingredients for more art. My work addresses this idea by drawing, literally and figuratively from where these expired images go to rest and attempts to connect with all that is latent or buried within us. 

The title of the show is intentionally generic, but hopefully in a positive way, expressing my affection for the place where artists go to make their work and follow the paths that the room, the routine, and the materials create.