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Fine Art of the Northwest
Our 51st year

Kirsten Gallery
Formerly at
5320 Roosevelt Wy NE
Seattle, WA 98105


Our walk-in gallery at
5320 Roosevelt Wy NE has closed.

Please continue to visit us online,
and bear with us as we update our website. Our major artists' work still will be available.
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1972: The Winter Olympics were in Sapporo, Japan; Richard Nixon was President of the United States; The Godfather was the best movie; and gasoline was 55 cents per gallon. This is the year Kirsten Gallery opened, and we never could have imagined the journey we would take over the better part of five decades.

Over the past 45 years, we've forged many friendships, become part of an incredible community, and showcased some of the finest art in Seattle. Artists and customers alike have grown with us, many becoming best friends and a part of the Kirsten family. We shared our joys and sorrows, watched our children grow up, and welcomed grandchildren.

We presented our artists' work to literally hundreds of thousands of people, using the Seattle Home Show and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show as venues outside the gallery, and taking our artists to trade shows in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta and other cities. We did all that was necessary to take care of our artists. While some say "America first," we - from day one - said "our artists and customers first."

This is why it is so difficult for us to say that we will be closing our doors on December 31, 2017, except for appointments. For 45 years we have lived a dream of incredible joy, thanks to friends like you. While we will miss being at the gallery, we also are looking forward to new endeavors.

Our website at will be extensively revised, and will be fully functional in the Fall of 2018, with an updated catalog of work. Following many others in retail, we will become and online gallery.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your friendship, love and support; and for letting us and our artists become a part of your life.

With love,

The Kirsten Family

Byron Birdsall painting
Byron Birdsall
at Kirsten Gallery,
Nov 20, 2016

Kirsten Gallery announces the passing of Byron Birdsall on December 4, 2016. Byron, a good friend, had a long association with the gallery, beginning over forty years ago in 1975. Byron and his work will be missed greatly.

Daiensai print
Being Happy as a Nobody
is the Secret of Success -
Richard Kirsten Daiensai

We tell you that Richard Kirsten-Daiensai passed away Friday, February 15, 2013. He is gone, but his paintings, prints, sculptures and books continue to be appreciated all over the world.



Please read the
Seattle Times Article
On Kirsten Gallery’s 40th Anniversary


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Richard Kirsten Daiensai’s Book
is now available

Daiensai new book Love

Love is 5 ¼ " square. The book has 254
pages and images of 51 Daiensai paintings.
It sells for $19.95.

A few copies of Daiensai’s first book Smile still are available.
Daiensai signing his book Smile Daiensai Smile book
Richard Kirsten Daiensai signing copies of Smile in 2004

Daiensai’s 256-page book Smile has full-color
images from his paintings and, from his own
notebooks, short bits of poetry, philosophy, whimsy,
and cosmic humor sure to delight the reader at any
time of year. The book is a compact 5 ¼ " square,
perfect for a purse, backpack, or small coffee table.
A few copies remaining at $49.95 per copy.


* Selected images from past Kirsten Gallery shows *
(Many works from past shows have sold and are no longer available.)

Richard Kirsten Daiensai - Spring ’15, Spring ’12, Spring ’11, Spring ’10, Spring ’09

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