MAX and the Narthex Gallery present:
Brom Wikstrom Exhibition
Narthex Gallery | 3555 W McGraw Street | Seattle
March 16 – May 14, 2017
The Magnolia Art Experience (MAX) is pleased to announce that lifelong Magnolian, Brom Wikstrom, an international artist and mouth painter who works in water-based paints.
Brom Wikstrom was born in Seattle in 1953. His father Robert Wikstrom was an award-winning art director and inspired Brom from an early age. Brom became his apprentice while still in his teens. Brom illustrated his high school yearbook at Queen Anne High School and went on to complete a two-year course in advertising art at Seattle College. He traveled the country by freight trains and hitchhiking. After he arrived in New Orleans, in 1975 at the age of 21 he was employed as a sign painter.
One day, while swimming, he dove into shallow water and injured his spinal cord and became a high-level quadriplegic. During his rehabilitation, he went back to art, holding a brush in his mouth and started experimenting with mouth painting. He eventually taught art to patients at Children’s Hospital and received federal funding for that painting project. This allowed Brom to expand his artistic ambitions and he began serving on non-profit boards and sharing his art in area schools.
Brom met and married the love of his life Anné and began traveling the world together. He paints everyday and is now under contract to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an international group that markets his artwork on greeting cards, calendars and other products. He operates his own gallery near Greenlake called Puget Sound Group Gallery and is serving as this year’s president of the Puget Sound Group, the oldest professional art group in the Northwest. Brom is pleased to continue his outreach to local schools and community groups and share his passion for creating art and encouraging people with disabilities to overcome their situation and aspire to act on their creative spirit.
The Narthex Gallery
Located in the entry hall and parlor of Magnolia United Church of Christ, the Narthex Gallery hosts the work of local artists. With several community groups meeting each month at Magnolia UCC, the gallery receives many guests. The gallery is located just west of Magnolia Village. Each artist is invited to have a reception during their two month showing.
If you are interested in showing your work, please contact us!