Confluence is defined as ‘an act or process of merging’. That’s the underlying theme of a new painting that’s just arrived at the restaurant this week. Gary Reddick’s painting was commissioned by David Machado, especially for Tanner Creek. We’re excited to showcase this work. Gary’s work is beautiful and well-executed. Come by and have a look.
Gary Reddick writes about the painting and working with David Machado:
This is the third time I have worked with David on a commissioned piece, the other two being the paintings for Nel Centro and Altabira. They each began, and resulted from several initial conversations David and I would have as to what he wanted each painting to speak to, with specific themes tied to each restaurant.
We had just these initial conversations at the beginning of Confluence, though I didn’t know the name of it until much later. David saw three things converging which he hoped I could express in the painting.
The first, quite obvious, was the history and importance that Tanner Creek had for the district. Much of the restaurant features great black and white photos chronicling the construction of the underground aqueduct, and of the construction workers.
Second, was his wanting to honor the history of the neighborhood as a working-class warehouse and distribution district, and lastly a gesture to the close-by farms and fields which provide daily produce to Portlands’ kitchens. He hoped I could tie all of this into one expression, or as I realized, the confluence he had seen from the beginning.
Gary Reddick lives in Portland, Oregon, and is one of America’s most versatile artists. He has a worldwide following of his work, with over 250 repeat collectors. Exhibitions of his drawings, paintings and sculpture have been featured in Portland, Seattle, New York, Tulsa, London and Beijing. Nel Centro, Tanner Creek Tavern’s sister restaurant, is also fortunate to own a painting by Gary Reddick.