Norman Lundin was born in Los Angeles in 1938 and grew up in Chicago. Following his BA (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1961) and MFA (University of Cincinnati, 1963), he spent a year studying in Oslo, Norway, on a Fulbright Grant. Lundin joined the School of Art at the University of Washington in 1964 and has been a faculty member since that time.

Lundin's paintings are concerned with light, space, perspective, and impression. He works in several styles, including realistic still lifes, landscapes, and figure drawings. Many of his paintings depict empty spaces with strong structural elements, often from simple objects, such as tables or bottles. The painting show here, Studio Morning: Yellow Cup, which hangs on the 4th floor of the Allen Center, demonstrates Lundin's technical skill and artistic sensibility. It integrates two styles and perspectives -- the still life and the landscape, the void interior and the city skyline -- providing a unique sense of place and time.

Lundin's work is part of numerous corporate and museum collections. In addition to more than 60 solo exhibitions, his paintings have been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frye Art Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others.


Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle

Lundin YouTube Video


Norman Lundin: A Decade of Drawing and Painting, by Robert Johnson and Patricia Failing. University of Washington Press, 1990.

The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, by Norman Lundin. Frye Art Museum, 2003.

Art in the Allen Center