Diving into the painted worlds of octogenarian Spokane artist Mel McCuddin can feel like getting lost in the blurred corners of a dream. His style of subconscious-driven expressionism results in cherubic human figures that feel off-kilter and slightly twisted and vivid animals that pop with expressive colors. “The paint is poured, dripped, rubbed and wiped, and I use rags and my fingertips at least as frequently as I do brushes,” McCuddin says of his process. For its October show, the Spirit Art Gallery presents a vast swath of McCuddin’s oil paintings, a collection that spans decades and showcases the artist’s humorous, unsettling and stirring sides.
The Magnificent Mel McCuddin • Through Oct. 30, open Wed-Sun from 11 am–6 pm • Free • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006
— Seth Sommerfeld