Drama and Design: Yvonne Twining Humber and Blanche Morgan Losey
This exhibition will bring together the work of two prominent regional artists active in Seattle during the 1930’s – 50’s.
Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) was a Northwest transplant, arriving in Seattle in 1943 after her marriage to local businessman, Irving Humber. Originally from New York and Boston, Humber had developed an impressive national reputation for her unique paintings created for the Federal Art Projects during the Depression. Her hard-edged Precisionist style was unusual in the Northwest and gained her additional local and national attention during her lifetime.
Blanche Morgan Losey (1912–1981) was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Olympia and Tacoma, Washington. She moved to Seattle in 1937. And studied at the University of Washington where she received a BFA in architecture and interior design.
Besides creating a fine body of work in watercolor, she designed stage sets and costumes for Seattle’s Federal Theater Project as well as the Negro Repertory Company during the Depression.
Losey held the position of senior interior designer at Seattle’s Frederick & Nelson department store from 1939 to 1977. Her noted design projects included the Seattle Opera House and the “Higashi Nishi” (East-West) Japanese Garden and Room for the Uniroyal display at Century 21 Exposition, Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.
Image credits: Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), Public Market, 1945, Oil on canvas, collection of Dr. Richard A. Smith.
Blanche Morgan Losey (1912-1981), Tired Harlequin, 1945, tempera on illustration board, Private Collection