Visual Art

Seahawks Art for the Playoff Push

Get fired up for the game with Robin Layton's impressionistic Seahawks photos and the logo-inspiring mask.

By Seth Sommerfeld January 6, 2015

Sports photography meets impressionism in Robin Layton's 12 at Winston Wächter.

Are you culturally ready for some football? To get hyped for the Seahawks first playoff game this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, there are a couple options for artistic tailgating, so to speak.

Photographer Robin Layton is already responsible for arguably the most iconic sports image in Seattle history: a jubilant Ken Griffey Jr., beaming from underneath a dogpile of Mariners teammates after scoring the winning run in the 1995 Division series. She now turns her lens to the Seahawks with 12 at Winston Wächter Fine Art, an exhibit of Super Bowl–worthy impressionistic photography that captures the 12th Man fan frenzy, players behind the scenes, and the sense of civic interconnectivity that defines Seattle’s favorite team. The exhibit opens this Wednesday, January 7 (with an opening artist's reception at 6) and runs through February 25.

Layton offers a preview of 12 and explains the personal connection behind the exhibit in the video below.

Robin Layton: 12
Jan 7–Feb 25, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Free

Cultured Hawks fans can also check out the mask that inspired the Seahawks logo at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. In November, the transformation eagle mask crafted by the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia landed at the Burke as part of Here and Now: Native Artists Inspired. The exhibit showcases 30 new artistic works presented alongside the artifacts in the Burke’s collection that served as inspiration. While the mask will be on display through July, it's more fun to check this piece of Seahawks history while the team is still playing.

Below is a video of the mask's elaborate unveiling event which included tribal ceremony, a marching band, and former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn.

Here and Now: Native Artists Inspired
Thru July 27, Burke Museum, $10

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