Exhibitions : Current

Gary Evans

Gary Evans: Fault Lines

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fault Lines

May 23 – June 22, 2019

 

Opening Reception: May 23  from 7 – 9 pm

Artist Talk: May 25 at 3 pm

 

‘This group of paintings comes from several different bodies of work. They all engage with the landscape, offering different interpretations: subjective positions and reports of the phenomenon experienced. What starts off as simple ideas often results in complex arrangements. They alternate between actuality and imagination, as a means of capturing a sense of the energy and vitality both of the world and our experience of it.  Fault Lines are structural places where unseen forces manifest themselves, this pursuit of looking for new ways to represent an experience of the landscape is an ongoing pre-occupation in my work.’ GE, 2019

 

Gary Evans was born in Weston Super Mare, England and resides in Alliston, Ontario. He has been exhibiting work professionally since 1995.  Evans work in contemporary painting challenges traditional notions of perception and experience of the Canadian landscape. Of his more than 20 solo exhibitions highlights include a touring exhibition of his work, Seeing Things: The Paintings of Gary Evans, curated by Stuart Reid, which toured across Canada between 2000-2002 as well as several survey exhibitions of paintings, Station, at The Art Gallery Of Windsor in 2008 and Farther Afield at the MacLaren Art Centre,2016.  Evans is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and is an instructor at the School of Design And Visual Art, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.

 


Frances Thomas

The Broader Picture

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Broader Picture

May 23 - June 22, 2019

Opening Reception:

Thursday, May 23 

7 - 9 pm

Artist in attendance

 

Artist Statement

For me painting is a way of thinking. I have always just followed the work. Even if something is completely different from what I have made before, I know it’s right—it either works or it doesn’t as an artwork. I am interested more in what is happening in the moment, with the materials and my instincts, and less with rigorous conceptual strategies. My hope is that the viewers who come face to face with the work can follow their own pathways through the internal logic of each piece and find something to hang on to and enjoy. 

FT, 2019

 

Frances Thomas was born in Parry Sound, ON.  She received both her BFA and MFA from York University, Toronto, ON.  She has participated in residencies in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Triangle Arts in Brooklyn, New York and in 2016 spent three months in Berlin on a self-directed residency.  Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition, “but wait”, with an accompanying catalogue, at the MacLaren Art Centre in 2009/10.  Thomas currently lives and works in Barrie, Ontario.  She has exhibited in Edmonton, Barrie, Toronto and New York and her work is in the permanent collections of the MacLaren Art Centre, Bank of Montreal and York University


Gregory Hardy

Prairie Revisited

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

 

'For the past number of years, the motif of Lac la Ronge has been the major source of my inspiration and interest in trying to evoke or capture a sense of light through the use of exaggerated colour.

Over the winter of 2018 /2019 I had a yearning to paint the prairie. Using my sketchbooks and drawings I did while working directly from nature, I returned to motifs of the prairie within 5 km of my studio. My pursuit of evoking light using exaggerated colour remains my primary focus. ' GH, 2019

 

Opening Reception:  

Thursday, May 23

 7 - 9 pm 

Artist in attendance 

 

Gregory Hardy is a Canadian painter living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Exhibiting extensively since 1975, his work is featured in many private and corporate collections. This list includes the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Canadian Embassy, External Affairs (San Jose, Beijing, Warsaw, Sydney, London, Los Angeles). A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, his rich painting career – spanning four decades – has primarily concentrated on the depiction of prairie landscape. Fleeting weather patterns and the expectation of change are vivid elements in his work, giving a sense of shifting movement to his signature clouds and open vistas. Hardy uses thick paint, sumptuous colour, and gestural brushwork to convey the stark simplicity of the prairie landscape and the drama of its luminous sky.