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 Jack Warren Stangle  (1927 - 1980)

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Lived/Active: Washington      Known for: landscapes, cityscapes, still-lives, blown leaves, collages

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The following information was submitted in November of 2006 by Betty Batchelor Miles:

Jack Warren Stangle was born on November 10, 1927, in Tacoma, as the only son of Grace and Bryan Stangle.  He grew up in Bellingham with his older sister Norma until high school, when the family moved to Seattle.

Finding the constraints of high school difficult, he nevertheless began thriving through the encouragement of Ballard High School art teacher Orrie Noble.  Stangle earned his diploma at Broadway High School in 1946, and attended Cornish School of Allied Arts in the fall of 1947.  Feeling constraint by the expectation of his teachers to "paint the same way as the others", he left the school after one term, and continued studying on his own, initially supporting himself by building boats at the Adams Boat Works on Lake Union.

As part of the Seattle artistic community, he met Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Bill Cumming, and became friends  with  his younger contemporaries William Ivey, Ward Corley, and Richard Gilkey.

In 1952, after showing "barns", cityscapes", and still-lives in several of the Seattle Art Museum's Northwest Annuals, he won the Katherine B. Baker Award for artists under forty, for his painting "Occidendal Street", and an Honorable Mention in 1955.  Together  with  Ivey, Corley, and Gilkey, he  was part of a four-man show  in 1954, organized by Dr. Richard E. Fuller, the then Director of the Seattle Art Museum.

In 1951, he established  a studio in the Howard Building on Pioneer Square, which became a gathering place for young professionals and intellectuals.  In 1955 and in 1968, Stangle took leave from his studio to live, study and paint in Spain.  He showed his work at the Bellas Artes Museum in Madrid, and brought back many paintings for exhibition and sale in Seattle.

Stangle returned to his studio in 1958 with new colors on his palette and painted the "leaf" series, the "streams" and "marshes".  Around 1962, Pioneer Square had developed into a tourist destination, and Stangle considered moving the studio to Texas.  Changing his mind, he left on a freighter for Japan  in 1963.

He found an island in the Inland Sea, Shodo Shima, where he created a studio and home.  Fascinated with the paper-making process, he found a paper-maker in the mountains of Shikoku, whose  work became the basis for a new generation of Stangle paintings, in which he depicted plant forms and items of the home in such a manner that objects seemed to be suspended in air.  He showed his work in Shodo Shima and at the Takamatsu Cultural Center in 1966.

In 1967, Stangle returned to Seattle with thirty-eight of these paintings. He became the first exhibitor at the Foster White Gallery on Pioneer Square, where his paintings sold out in three hours.

In 1968, the Seatttle Art Museum held a Retrospective of his work; other exhibitions were held in Victoria and Houston, as well as in New York City.  In 1971, Stangle presented a second show of works at the White Gallery in Seattle.

For the last six years of his life, Stangle maintained a studio on Roosevelt Way in Seattle, where he created a collection of collages, shown publicly at Foster-White Gallery in May and June 1980, in a posthumous exhibition.

His work is in many private and public collections, and a gift of his papers was made to the Smithsonian Archives of American Art by Betty Batchelor Miles.

Jack Warren Stangle died in Seattle on April 28, 1980.

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