Pollination: Recent Work by Tallmadge Doyle

Gallery 440, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall
June 26 through Sept. 8, 2017

Reception: Thursday, July 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with gallery talk at 4 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Pollination,” an exhibition of recent works by celebrated Eugene printmaker Tallmadge Doyle, is on display in Gallery 440 in Strand Agriculture Hall on the Oregon State University campus through Sept. 8.  Sponsored by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, the exhibit features 15 hand-pulled prints from her studies of the nature and science of pollination.

A reception will be held Thursday, July 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with an informal gallery talk by Doyle beginning at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The 440 Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Strand Agriculture Hall, and is open Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Doyle’s “Pollinators” series fits into the long tradition of botanical art, which first took root during the European Renaissance, primarily from the 15th to 17th centuries. It was a time when naturalists and artists sought collaboration and joint sponsorship during rapid cultural and intellectual advancements of the day.

Her contemporary prints are infused with subtle structures and intimations into both seen and unseen elements of the symbiosis between pollinator and plant.  Her drawn leaves, plants, butterflies and birds—all of specific regional species—are composed as living in Oregon’s upper Willamette Valley. The series includes a wide variety of print techniques that are employed both singly and combined, including aquatint, chine collé, etching and woodcut, along with hand-applied color.

“My works reflects on scientific findings of altered migratory patterns and ecosystems effected by changing climatic conditions,” Doyle explains. “It is also a meditation on the visual drama revealed in moments of transition within the natural world —something that one can see in a split second, such as the flutter of a butterfly wing, an airborne leaf, or a glimpse of a falling pine cone.”

A native of New York, Doyle is a 25-year member of the printmaking community in her home town of Eugene.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio, and her Master of Fine Art from the University of Oregon.  In 2016 she was artist-in-residence at Playa in Summer Lake, Ore., and later this year she will exhibit at the state Capitol as part of the the Art in the Governor's Office program, considered a lifetime honor.  She has 30 solo art exhibitions to her credit in addition to participating in many juried exhibitions internationally.

Doyle is represented in public and private collections throughout the world, including the College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, which holds four of her pieces in the Art About Agriculture PermanentCollection.  She also has several public artworks to her credit in the state, including the Lane Transit District's Willow Creek Driver Relief Building and EmX Transit Stations; the University of Oregon Ford Alumni Center in Eugene; and OSU's Strand Agriculture Hall in Corvallis.

See also: Lebanon-Express: Eugene printmaker displays "Pollination" exhibit at OSU

Migration Pollination by Tallmadge Doyle
Migration Pollination
Woodcut, line etching, hand coloring
4 by 18 inches

Allium II
Woodcut, line etching
12 by 6 inches