Gaylen Hansen: Paintings 1980-2008 is now on view at Seattle's Linda Hodges Gallery.

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No two Gaylen Hansen paintings are alike, and yet each is instantly recognizable as originating from the brush of the famed Northwest artist. Case in point: “Kernal at the Presentation,” pictured, which plays with scale and some familiar Hansen characters.

This and many other paintings by the artist are on view through Jan. 31 at Linda Hodges Gallery in Pioneer Square in an exhibition titled “Gaylen Hansen: Paintings 1980-2008.” Some of the canvasses were shown in the Hansen retrospective at Seattle Art Museum last year (“Three Decades of Painting”); others are newly created.

Hansen was born in Garland, Utah, in 1921 and taught at Washington State University for 25 years. Now in his eighth decade, he lives in the Palouse in Eastern Washington. His large, colorful paintings, which often feature an assortment of giant insects, fish and a bearded figure called “the Kernal,” have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and other cultural capitals.

A New York Times reviewer once noted that Hansen traffics in “strongly colored, rugged imagery that is representational but doesn’t rely too much on the natural order of things.”

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He has been showing at the Linda Hodges Gallery for two decades.

Seattle Times staff

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