"Headlight / Nuclear Family"

Kim Drew's collagraph depicts a nuclear family sitting on a couch watching television, bathed in the white light of the screen's glow.

About the Artwork

Artist / Title / Date

Kim Drew, "Headlight / Nuclear Family," DATE.

Artwork Details

Drew's collagraph, an isolating scene of a family immersed in the glow of the television, was creating using both black and blue inks layered on top of one another. The family's hypnosis in the light of the TV is mirrored by the image of two deer caught in a car's headlights, visible on the wall behind the family. The family is rendered without facial features or any defining marks, perhaps suggesting that they have lost their identities and intimacy under the television's stupefying effects.

Within interior spaces, there are different levels of formality and comfort depending on who shares the space. Drew’s sharp contrast between dark and light emphasizes the paralysis of a family overpowered by the glow of the television. The title of the work suggests that the people depicted are a family unit, and here we see them at their most relaxed. The indoor space allows them to sink into a state of idleness that could be interpreted positively or negatively. Which spaces allow you to be at your most relaxed?

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Artist Biography

Kim Drew graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in 1981, earning a B.A. in Illustration. From there he went on to New York, freelancing for the New York Times, Scholastic, Readers' Digest, and Time/Life, among others. He received Awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Newspaper Design.

In 1990 he moved back to his native Northwest where he taught at a Seattle art school for three years. Drew picked up watercolor as a sketch tool for color studies and discovered there was much more to explore of the medium. He has earned numerous awards in juried art exhibitions throughout the Northwest. He opened his own gallery in 2002 at Harbor Steps on Post Alley to sell his paintings and limited edition prints. After 10 years at that location, K. Drew Gallery moved to its current Fremont location. His artwork now adorns walls around the world.