Kind of Blue. Oil painting on canvas. 36 cm X 46 cm (14″ X 18″).
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
Wednesday to Saturday – 12:00 to 18:00
Sunday – 12:00 to 17:00
Thursday, April 7, 2016 – 18:30 to 21:30
Artist Talk / In Conversation
Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 15:00 to 16:00
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
text me at 416-706-2072
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.
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?
Black and White Series #7, Oil on canvas, 2013, 24″ x 30″ (61 cm x 76cm) Continue reading Black and White Series