Gary Word

Gary Word was raised along with three brothers on a farm outside of Olympia, Washington. 

His natural artistic abilities were evident at age five.  At age eleven, he executed his first formal works on canvas.

His 20s were a time of exploration in various media and subject matters.  This period coincided with his move to Seattle in order to seek out a wider array of opportunities, both in the fine arts and in modeling.

While doing temporary work, Gary continued to grow his number of contacts in the art world.  Through one such contact, he was inspired to work in clay.  It is in this medium that he produced his first important series, one based on the human form.  This work in clay culminated in a group show at the Patricia Rouser Gallery in Kirkland, Washington.In 2000, his interest turned to glass.  Largely self-taught in this medium, his emphasis because fused glass, a process in which casts are sculpted in clay.

His time spent with glass was a prolific one of twenty years, with the creation of pieces ranging from wall sculptures to freestanding works.  Many of these pieces are illuminated.  

The culmination of this work in glass was the design and production of fully playable glass

guitars and classical string instruments.  These instruments were featured in many venues, ranging from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma to clubs and arenas to art galleries.

As a result of the pandemic in 2020, Gary, like other artists, was forced to rethink his artistic vision,.  This rethinking resulted in six months’ intense exploration and the subsequent return to the canvas in a unique series combining cubism with the works of da Vinci.

This series, the “Madame” series, is the subject of Gary’s first solo show in Seattle, which will be held at the Lynn Hanson Gallery in February, 2022.  More shows are being scheduled.

Works in Public and Private Collections

  • Michael Failla, Seattle, WA | Hansville, WA
  • Preston Drapper, CEO Costco, Seattle, WA | Anacortes, WA
  • Nordstrom Retail Stores in Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
  • Emerson Corporation, San Francisco, CA
  • Bank of America Regional Office Los Angeles, CA
  • Verizon Communications, Everett, WA
  • Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • Proctor & Gamble Co. Bellevue, WA
  • Qwest Communications Bellevue, WA
  • First National Bank Olympia, WA
  • Norsport, Inc. Bellevue, WA
  • Mande l& Pacific Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Attachmate, Inc. Bellevue, WA
  • Sunstrand Corporation San Francisco, CA
  • C.L. Kaufman Chiropractic, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Stanley Morgan Investments, Bellevue, WA
  • John Bradley, C.E.O.,U.P.S, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dolin’s Home Fashions, Inc., Aspen, CO
  • and many more

Art Representation

  • 2018 – National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 – Tacoma Glass Museum Red Hot Art Auction
  • 2015 – Frederick Holmes and Company, Seattle
  • 2015 – ColeGallery, Edmonds, WA
  • 2013 – Hanson/Scott Gallery Seattle
  • 2008 – Functional Art, Whidbey Island, WA
  • 2007 – Glass House Gallery, Seattle
  • 2007 – Network Artwork, Denver
  • 2004 – Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • 2003 – The Desert Art Source, Palm Desert, CA
  • 1993-95 – Rovzer Nelson Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • 1992 – National Museum, Washington, DC
  • 1989-92 – Northwest Arts and Crafts Show, Bellevue, WA
  • 1986-88 – Stonington Gallery, Seattle WA

From the Artist

From an early age, I have been a prolific artist who basks in the spirit of creativity. My work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues, while simultaneously playing to man’s innate desire for beauty, poetry, and seduction.I began my artistic path with the self-study of the European masters. This study resulted in works on canvas, such as landscapes, still life, and portraits. Soon thereafter, I developed an interested in various three-dimensional media, beginning with clay. The primary subject matter of my works during this phase was that of the human form.

In the late 1990’s, I became intrigued with the malleable, luminous properties of glass. Since 2000, I have been working in fused glass. Another turn in my creative pursuit happened during the down turn of the 2008-09 recession. Stay strong in what you believe is right. The thrust of my present work in this medium is the continuation of a seven-year journey of the production of stringed instruments. The instruments – electric guitars and classical stringed instruments, adding to vast and unique contemporary American art and culture.