Sue’s art reflects the same bursting of boundaries and stretch for freedom that shaped her early life. Working in oils she creates drama and colour to evoke contemplation. Her paintings are both calming and full of motion, the bold colours and strong visuals barely contained on the canvas.Read More
Danie Wood was born in London, England in 1965 and now lives on Vancouver island, BC, Canada. A creative director by trade, she was schooled at York University where she received a BFA with Honours. influenced by Turner, Rothko, Hitchens, Anselm Kiefer, and Takao Tanabe. She is interested in investigating the human experience using landscape as a metaphor.
“I have been pondering the ‘Current Landscape’… perspectives of society at this moment in time. In trying to resolve my own isolation I find my paintings try to dialogue between place and being. I have a feeling that something greater lies beyond by the sureness of the horizon and the vastness of the sea and sky. A constant in nature that connects us all.”
Honing his aesthetic vision amidst the tundra of desolate winters and hot, dry summers of Saskatchewan, the work of Paul Nickless uses abstraction as a means to experience the wonder of the infinite. With a passion for natural surroundings and the environment, his raw method of expression seems to picture an energetic fervor. Each of his canvases is an amalgamation of traditional painterly styles and tools. Palette knives are often used and his vigorous method of painting results in a physical workout for the artist, which concludes in a mental workout for the viewer. Through sheer movement alone, his works take on new meaning and develop outward.
The artist known as Sasha is a student of color. Having travelled Canada and Latin America, his search for definition contributed to his understanding of color and the importance of a refined and sophisticated palette. His process based work explores the visual in such a way that color is respected and nurtured, where the original purity found and enjoyed is given prominence. In his work subjects are given unique shape, texture and light, yet rendered with a calm and luminous flatness where colors express themselves as isolated incidents and cumulative collections. Impressive arrays of ochre, burnt umbers, oranges and vibrant ultramarine blues are left in their pure form, exposed and raw with emotion.
Robert Blonski forages his surroundings and collects natural, organic materials that become the content of his mixed-media paintings. In search of the essence and patterns of the natural world, the matter making up his work will create an image that is similar, such as a beach, or a forrest. This symbolic act that unifies the pictorial content with its medium creates a literal physical landscape that documents and is made up by its surroundings, creating an otherworldly representation grounded in the real. Illustrative of the encounter when the elemental world meets the creative process, each work evokes and is made up of what it seeks to represent.
Following up on the tradition of the Abstract-Expressionists and the Neo-Dada methods of artists the likes of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, the work of Kathleen Menges bridges cold wax, encaustic and oil to create unique mixed-media abstractions. At odds in her work is the tension felt between intuition and creative process. This tension is revealed in the consistent mutli-layering, where textures have been noticeably scrapped away, dug at with a palette knife, all in a search to unveil the hidden properties of the painting, something the artist believes takes on a life of its own through the process and completion of a work.
Jean Gabriel Lambert recalls the work of the late, great Quebecois automatiste Paul Emile Borduas. Strong rear, middle and foregrounds create a sense of luminous trajectory, echoing the paths of light that are reminiscent and informed by the artist’s training in direction, dance and action. His canvases weave intimate stories with universal ideals, where the turbulence of the contemporary moment is actualized among the echoes of chaos. Using paint aggressively, his layering is dense and evocative of a long tradition of modernist abstraction. Inspired by the light and color found in nature, his work seeks to capture the spectacular.
Taking up various styles and compositional strategies, the work of Deryk Houston displays a mastery over the art of painting and reveals a distinctly Canadian aesthetic. The content of his paintings take up the tangled webs revealed by the forrest floor, the quiet calm of a freshly plowed field or the light one experiences when walking among a sun-lit path. Attentive to the subtle changes in light, color, and how they effect visuality, one discovers a similar sense of illumination when light passes through stained glass. In his paintings Houston evokes this sense of wonder and amazement, documenting the landscape in traditional yet contemporary ways.
Documenting the details of her surroundings and how they inform her life experience, Linzy Arnott creates a world of technique and texture. Searching out beauty in the mundane and everyday, her painting explores the sublime encounter of the rainy seascape, the rusted red of oxidized and infected architecture. These are the places where unspeakable beauty is found. A painter of emotion, Arnott creates using varied media, such as liquid leaf, metallics, varnishes, even gold leaf, to reveal the mood and feeling driving her composition. A novel creator, her painting techniques include multi-layered works that are distinctly evocative and indicative of a sophisticated aesthetic rarely encountered.
The work David Antonides evolves the experience and memory of urban environments, where intersections evoke the paradoxes that emerge out of the landscape. Within this urban matrix, people are active living objects, leaving remnant flows within the chasms created by a cold and inorganic architecture. Nature and light in this context are inspirational phenomena, overarching and lurking in the background, hidden from view yet ubiquitous. A collective unity, these works embody a spiritual and instinctive optimism. This interest in flow, optimism, is reflected in Antonides use of watercolour and his large format cityscapes, intermediating the tangible and emotional spirit of urban behaviour.
James Leonard is an artist interested in abstraction and how contemplation helps us further understand our place in the world. His work explores the processes of painting and exudes his passion for visual communication. These are gestural paintings that invoke emotion, speaking to the artist’s quest to picture meaning. After serving in the Vietnam War, Leonard found painting and since that time has devoted himself to investigating the formal and emotional characteristics of abstraction. Looking into a work by Leonard is like stepping into an unknown world – one encounters a sense of wonder and a viewing experience that travels within layers upon layers of meaning.
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