Bryan Ohno Gallery has been located in Seattle, Washington since 1996. Along with curating contemporary art exhibits, it actively creates socially engaged projects, consults and organizes private/public art projects to enliven the grey in the city. Recent projects include Weyerhaeuser’s art collection for the new world headquarters, the Seattle Parks and Recreation's ARTSparks program and the the Spiral Art Project by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
President and director, Bryan Ohno chairs the Arts Advisory for King County’s 4Culture and Shunpike. Past board activities include the International Sculpture Center (NJ) and the School of Art, University of Washington. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding director for the innovative MadArt, business manager for Dale Chihuly, and director for C2 Gallery, in Tokyo, Japan.
Born in New York, he received his primary education in Yokohama, Japan and finished his BA in Fine Arts from University of Puget Sound.
Good ART is more than a decor, it enlivens the space we live and work in.
Stoking our imagination, even inspiring it. When it transforms into a metaphor of NATURE, the magic happens. Rather than tolerating the cold concrete grey of our cityscape, Good ART gives us a path to thrive. It can soothe our unconscious soul to rest on. When did a good idea come from being in a stark blank space?
We strive to create harmonizing, grounding, and thought provoking experiences to fuel the person’s imagination. It can be quiet, it can be subtle. We want the magic to unconsciously occur in the background while you embark on your productive focus, expanding the human exchange in this business world.
This is our spirit when thinking of art in a living working space.
Bryan Ohno's international art career and working relationship with renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly were a preamble to establishing the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Pioneer Square in 1996. As director of Tokyo's C2 Gallery, Ohno curated the work of contemporary artists in Asia, including that of Chihuly, until 1991. Ohno then returned to the US. As fate would have it, earlier Asian collaborations with Chihuly parlayed into a new role for Ohno as Chihuly's business manager (1991-95). These experiences created the impetus for Ohno to launch his own vision.
The current gallery location (moved in 2013) in the International District allows for Ohno to introduce art that blur the line between art and science, challenge art traditions, and embrace evolving cultural intersections. He wishes to share the global and local voices from the post the great recession perspective that sparks new artistic diologue in a region rich with global industires such as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, and Starbucks.
At its first loctaion in Pioneer Square, the Bryan Ohno Gallery's 10-year portfolio of exhibits was focused in three areas: contemporary sculpture, contemporary Japanese art and artists of the Pacific Northwest. Approximately half of the Gallery's curated shows were dedicated to sculptural exhibits that ranged from steel, stone, glass, ceramics, and wood to mixed media. The gallery had a penchant for shows created from organic materials.