Exhibition in Toronto – Beyond Landscape

Sundown

Sundown, Oil painting on canvas, 24″ x 36″ (60 cm x 91 cm)

I am please to announce that I will have an exhibition of my recent paintings at Propeller Centre for Visual Arts in Toronto, from April 6 to April 24, 2016.

The new paintings, while continuing my exploration of abstraction and representation in landscape, introduce bolder colours, bolder texture, bolder lines than I’ve generally used recently.

The gallery is of course open to all.  I will generally be at the gallery on Sundays.  If you plan to visit, send me a note or a text and I’ll try to come by to say hello.

Here are the details:

 Propeller Centre for Visual Arts

30 Abell Street, Toronto, ON

416-504-7142

www.proplellerctr.com

Gallery Hours

Wednesday to Saturday – 12:00 to 18:00

Sunday – 12:00 to 17:00

Opening

Thursday, April 7, 2016  – 18:30 to 21:30

Artist Talk / In Conversation

Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 15:00 to 16:00

Contact me

 by email at jdcoto950@gmail.com

or

 text me at 416-706-2072

Painting the Night

I love the night, when the world falls asleep and the shadows come to life, with their mysteries and their surprises.  The unknown lurks behind a tree or beyond a corner.  The night can be a time of quiet meditation. For some, it can also be a frightful time.  The night has inspired many musicians and painters and novelists and poets.

In music, a Nocturne is a short piece that evokes the night.  Nocturnes tend to be quiet, often played on a single instrument.  Chopin’s nocturnes may be the best known today, but Irish pianist and composer John Field is considered to be the originator of the nocturne.

In painting, the term Nocturne was used by American artist James Whistler to describe some of his night paintings, though he was of course not the first to paint night scenes.   Nocturnes are night scenes, but they’ve also been described as gloomy, moody, atmospheric.  In 2004, the Art Gallery of Ontario held a beautiful exhibition of the works of Turner, Whistler and Monet: Impressionist Visions. The exhibition was also shown at the Tate Britain in London and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  What really struck me in this exhibition was how these three wonderful artists created stunning nocturnes.

Over the years, I’ve painted a number of pieces that were inspired by the night. Here are a few recent ones.

  

Exhibition – Inspired by Landscape

Gallery South WallYellow GlowNocturne

 

 

 

 

 

An exhibition of my paintings continues until Sunday, November at Artscape Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell Street, Toronto.  I will be at the Gallery fron 2:00 tp 6:00 each day.

Black and White Series

I’ve been working on a series of paintings that I now refer to as “Illusions of Black and White”.  The illusion comes from “The Day Begins” by the Moody Blues:

Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colours from our sight,
Red is gray and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?

 

Image

Black and White Series #7, Oil on canvas, 2013, 24″ x 30″ (61 cm x 76cm) Continue reading Black and White Series