Ted Washington is an artist, author, poet and reluctant businessman. He now lives in San Diego, after spending time as an apprentice draftsman for a beer brewery in St. Louis, an Internal Revenue Service employee in Springfield, MO, a retail sales representative in Denver, CO, and temporarily homeless vagabond turned baker on the beaches of Venice, CA. Ted is the founder of Puna Press and the performance group Pruitt Igoe. Pruitt Igoe was awarded a Synergy Foundation grant and performed in Harlem, New York City. Ted Washington won the BRAND 37 purchase award, with the Glendale Library acquiring one of his artworks for their permanent collection.
-- Dots --
The search for order in this chaos. Art. Life. I was hoping to draw pretty pictures but something happens. I get carried away. Dots take time, time for my mind to get away from all of this. The pretty pictures get lost in there and this art is what remains. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there is always an alpha for every omega; more ink, more paper and more time. The chaos takes me. Order is for the end.
You probably don’t want to hear some metaphysical bullshit. You want to hear an answer to, “Why dots?” That I was homeless and how only the pens survived the spiral of drugs, booze and women. And how drugs, booze and women funded and fueled the art.
You probably want to hear about technical challenges; of finding proper gradation in the pen sizes. How I pursued achieving depth in the darkest regions, using the negative space in the foreground and background, using texture to convey the image.
About studying Cezanne, Schielle, Adams and Close for the roadmap to the figurative and away. How nature, philosophy, meditation and music have taken me further into abstraction.
The reality of it is, if I live the art will be the reason. Journeys through chaos to order.
The Hoffman Trust Award, Southern California Regional Juried Award Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2010
Brand Associates Purchase Award, BRAND 37, Works on Paper: Here & Now, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA 2008
Pruitt Igoe receives Synergy Art Foundation Grant, 2006
XLR8R Magazine, “I Love New York” Haiku contest, 1st place winner 2005
First place, Mixed Media, 5th Annual Fun with Chalk Street Painting and Fine Art Festival, Mission Viejo, CA 2003
Best of Show, 20th La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta Arts Foundation, La Quinta, CA 2002
Most Promising New Artist, 20th La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta Arts Foundation, La Quinta, CA 2002
Airfloat Merit Award, 22nd National Juried Art Show, New Orleans Art Association, New Orleans, LA 2002
First Place, Twelfth Annual Juried Competition, Veridian Gallery, New York, NY 2001
SOHO International Art Competition, Agora Gallery, New York, NY 2000
Honorable Mention, Artists of the New Millennium Illustration Contest, Strathmore Artist Products 2000
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Flora, Fauna, and Form, Group Exhibit, The Bonita Museum and Cultural Arts Center, Bonita, CA 2017
Art Riot, Juror and Artist, Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery, Escondido, CA 2014
Art Auction 2014, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA 2014
DNA of Creativity - PolyAesthetic Mapping: The Muses, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA 2014
Featured Artist and Poet, Summation V, VI, published by Poets INC, 2013, 2014
Annual Southern California All Media Black & White Juried Exhibition, La Jolla Art Association, La Jolla, CA 2011, 2013
Librettist, Scent Of Jasmine On Parker Street, Opera Performance SDSU, San Diego, CA 2013
Solo Exhibition, Alchemy, San Diego, CA 2009, 2013
20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY 2011
10th Annual Juried Art Show, Southwestern Artists Association, San Diego, CA 2011
24th International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ 2010
71st Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY 2006
Featured Artist, Geoff Thomas Designs, Santa Monica, CA 2006
Solo Exhibition, Theodore Geisel Library, UCSD, San Diego CA 2006
48th International Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 2005
Honorable Mention, Neo-Erotique, 2nd Annual Juried Show, Art @ Large, New York, NY 2004
Honorable Mention, 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Southwestern Artists' Association, San Diego, CA 2004
Solo Exhibition, Galaxy Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1998, 2004
Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga Canyon, CA 2004
Featured Artist, Competition Spotlight, The Artist's Magazine, November 2003
Solo Exhibition, 4 Design Gallery, San Diego, CA 2003
2nd place, SDMA, Artist Guild Juried Exhibition, Southern Western College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA 2003
Featured Artist and Poet, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2003
Solo Exhibition, Olé Madrid, San Diego, CA 2002
Featured Artist, KMIR 6 News, La Quinta, CA 2002
Featured Artist, Vision Magazine, 2002
Finalist Portrait Category, The Artist's Magazine, Annual Art Competition 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996.
Beefcake/Cheesecake Exhibition, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA 2001
46th International Open Exhibition, "Bold Expressions", Northern California Arts, Inc., Carmichael, CA 2001
66th Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY 2001
2-3-4 Dimensional II International Juried Exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE 2001
Second Place Award, Juried Exhibition, La Jolla Art Association, La Jolla, CA 2000
Honorable Mention, Pacific Coast Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA 1999
All California Juried Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA 1998
Midwinter Awards Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 1997