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, […]

Muscle Cars & Soap Opera Romance

Nick Morris grew up in a small Australian town with lots of beer, muscle cars,  soap opera romances and not much else to do but watch TV.  The art of this former graphic designer, represented by Artêria Gallery in Bromont, Quebec, features evocative, retro-style images that emerge as […]

Wilf Perrault: Beauty of the Commonplace

Even the titles of the works of  Saskatchewan artist Wilf Perrault reflect the simplicity of daily life: Home Time (above), Kitchen Lights (below).  His meticulous paintings of back alleys and streetscapes in Regina, where he has worked since the 1970s, create an understanding of the beauty of the […]

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 […]