Grace Athena Flott, visual artist, hails from eastern Washington and has called Seattle home for the last ten years. Previously active in the Seattle labor movement and community organizing, Grace transitioned to art after she was severely injured in an apartment fire; the language of realist art became a way of storytelling and the meditative process of painting was instrumental in her healing. Her paintings have shown at the the Maryhill Museum of Art, Puget Sound Group Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, and many local community venues. She is published in magazines and books including Artist and Illustrator UK and Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides. 

Grace is trained in the style of classical realism and seeks to represent the world as it appears by drawing and painting almost exclusively from direct observation. She relies on little to no photographic reference, preferring to sit in stillness with her subject and simply see. Painting in the manner of the 19th century French academies, her brush brings a timeless look to contemporary figures, still life, and landscape. She is fascinated by the way this method can distill and reveal the emotional relevance of a person or ordinary object to the viewer.

EDUCATION

2016 — Present 

Juliette Aristides Atelier, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

Classical Drawing and Oil Painting (expected graduation 2019)

2013 

Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

International Studies and French Language and Literature, cum laude

2011 

Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, France

 

NOTABLE WORKSHOPS

2017 Poster Studies in Oil, Tony Ryder, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2017 Figure Sculpting Studio, Michael Magrath, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2017 Fall at the Frye; painted master copies from the Permanent Collection over 12 weeks.

2016 In the Halls of the Old Masters: Oil Painting, Ewan McNaughton & Lea Vaughn (Academy of Realist Art Edinburgh), Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2016 Compositional Figure Drawing, Michael Grimaldi (New York Academy of Art), Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2016 Printmaking, Laurie Brown (Pressworks Printmaking Collective), Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2016 Summer at the Frye; painted master copies from the Permanent Collection over 12 weeks.

2008 — Present

Additional courses in drawing, printmaking, and mixed media at the following institutions: Pratt Center for Fine Arts, University of Washington, and the Frye Art Museum.

 

AWARDS

2018  People’s Choice Award, Best of Gage Annual Show, Gage Academy of Art

2018  Allan and Mary Kollar Scholarship, Gage Academy of Art

2017  Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Scholarship

2017  Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation for The Arts, Inc., Scholarship for Artistic Excellence

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Group Exhibition, Atelier Process & Painting, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

Juried Group Exhibition, Best of Gage Annual Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Future/Past (Pioneer Square Art Walk), Rudy’s Barbershop, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Aristides Atelier Annual Show, Steele Gallery, Seattle, WA

2017

Invitational Group Exhibition, Annual Scholarship Winners, Puget Sound Group Gallery, Seattle WA

Group Exhibition, Artists for Immigrants, Revolutions Espresso, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Aristides Atelier Annual Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Juried Group Exhibition, Best of Gage Annual Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Juried Group Exhibition, Spitting Image Self-Portrait Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016

Group Exhibition, Pop-up Arts Night, Pacific Crest School, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Portraits, Maple Valley Arts Council, Maple Valley, WA

Juried Group Exhibition, Best of Gage Annual Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Aristides Atelier Annual Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Juried Group Exhibition, Spitting Image Self-Portrait Show, Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

TEACHING

Summer 2018 — Present

Instructor, Summer Youth Programs (Drawing and Painting), Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

Spring 2018 — Present

Instructor, Skill set: First Steps in Drawing the Human Animal, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2016 — Present

Instructor, Teen Art Studios, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

2016

Teacher assistant, Teen Art Studios & Youth Programs, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA

A program that provides free drop-in studio art programming for teens ages 13-18 years old.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Aristides, Juliette. “Atelier Method: Temperature Painting.” Artists and Illustrators UK, Oct. 2017, pp. 54 — 57. See link: https://issuu.com/artistshq/docs/artists_illustrators_october_2017_e/56

 

COLLECTIONS

Private collections throughout the United States and Canada.