Category: Painting

The Sun Drenched Colors of the Tropics

Montreal artist Claire Desjardins emphasizes the bold colors of many years in the Caribbean,  producing “paintings alive with an unfettered sense of exploration and bliss.”  (Above:  Fructose – Acrylic on canvas – 60″ x 40″) -Steeped in Tradition – Acrylic on canvas – 60″ x 48″ Propelled by […]

Kate Domina: ‘The Essence of Adolescence’

“Children are unapologetically animals” to Toronto figurative painter Kate Domina, whose works explore the world of  youth.  She says her critical theory fixation (including Freud and Jung) weaves its way into her work, evolving her portraits into studies of human frailty, and often, neurosis. Above: Sister Sister;  Below: […]

The Fluency of Roksan Kohen

Roksan Kohen’s dynamic acrylics cover people, animals, fantasy environments and other settings, but she says she draws them all from an internal fluency that begins at some point, with every work. While working I do not think. I stare into the blank surface until I see lines and […]

Marina Dieul: Art of The Portrait

Montreal artist Marina Dieul is increasingly recognized for portraiture, and for imaginative work, including the Best of Show in the “Inspiring Figures” exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art. (Above, La Décision, oil on linen) Dieul was born in France, moved to Montreal in 2000 and has […]

Tristram Lansdowne: Defaced & Derelict

From the reality of the inner city to the imaginary and fantastical, Tristram Lansdowne’s art emerges with surgical precision.  Represented by LE Gallery in Toronto, his delicately painted watercolours depict incongruous, sometimes mysterious, structures. I’m drawn to the areas of cities that are on the fringe, in-between zones, […]

The Art & Culture of Convenience

Artist Meghan Dauphinee pays homage in this vibrant series to the convenience stores that occupy key corners across Canada, notably in London, where she is from.  We recognize variety stores as hangouts, ice cream shops, DVD rental outlets and pickup spots for milk and bread, but we infrequently […]