- Painting Canada- Jerry Campbell and Kevin Columbus: June 25-July 8
Opening Reception: Thursday June 25th from 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 25- July 8, 2015
PAINTING CANADA features the work of Ontario based painters—Jerry Campbell and Kevin Columbus. Campbell and Columbus primarily work in oil paint, using the plein-air technique. To paint en plein-air is to create works entirely on-site, as Campbell and Columbus seek meaning through direct contact with landscape. These artists also create larger canvas works based on these studies, interpreting their interactions with landscape in the studio.
Plein-air is a technique originally practiced by French expressionists, and can be seen more locally with the Group of Seven’s traditional Canadian landscapes. Campbell and Columbus bring the plein-air technique to contemporary settings, often painting landscapes in Toronto and Northern Ontario. PAINTING CANADA provides urban contexts to the plein air technique, the spirit of these works reflective of previous masters, while providing the familiarity of contemporary subjects.
Campbell and Columbus’ paintings use their close contact with sites, as well as personal experiences to insert dynamic narratives into their surroundings. These diverse narratives have the ability to depict both mundane and tension-filled subjects, bringing atmospheric and fantastical moods to simplistic sites. Using light, colour, and contemporary imagery, Campbell and Columbus create distinctive spaces that reveal the individuality of perception. This exhibition will be host to the Ontario Plein Air Society Challenge on July 4th and the 5th Leslieville Gallery Crawl on June 28th. PAINTING CANADA reminds viewers of the importance of place and self, and how they affect the sight of both artists and art-lovers alike.
- Grey Space-Richard Determann: June 18-24
Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 18-24, 2015
Richard Determann moves from one dimension to the next, peering into other worlds, catching glimpses. Determann’s paintings act as windows to virtual dimensions, places much like our own, but unquestionably different. Using both digital technology and paint, Determann manipulates physics and biology through medium, ultimately creating his own virtual worlds. Determann is interested in the gaps between generations and the inevitable simulacrum associated with far removed events. These worlds mimic our own, and as he turns the dials of creation, Determann observes and records the results of his realization.
Determann creates contemporary still life paintings using oils and acrylics. He first creates a 3D rendering of the image digitally and then brings it to life through paint. He is interested in merging traditional and historic art practices with contemporary digital art making.
Richard Determann grew up in the quiet and subsequently uneventful suburban community of Ajax, Ontario. He chose to pass the time by learning to create. Determann creates both physically, by drawing, painting, and building, as well as digitally, with the help of his “Intelligence amplification device”, his computer.
His art is heavily influenced by his High School art instruction, and by his mentor, John Drew. This is where he learned of the historical craft of painting, of its importance, relevance, and technicality. Determann attended and graduated from OCAD University in Toronto. He now lives in Ajax.
Determann’s influences as an artist are far reaching, but for his most recent work he has been studying classical Still Life painting from the likes of Willem Kalf, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Paul Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi. He has always been drawn to the drama and romantic qualities in the work of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. As invested as he is in classical styles, Determann experiments and infuses digital art making techniques into his work. He would like to think that his work could fit alongside classic Still Life painting as a historical narrative of our current cultural zeitgeist.