Alberto de Castro’s Christmas Dinner

Alberto de Castro’s painting – Christmas Dinner – captures the extended family excitement that many Canadians experience. The detail is remarkable, given that de Castro (1952-1995) grew up in a Portuguese family in Angola, then studied art in Spain. It wasn’t until de Castro immigrated in 1969 to […]

Jen Stark’s X-Acto Knife Sculptures

These 3D paper sculptures are by Jen Stark, an American artist represented by Toronto gallery Cooper Cole.  Stark, who exhibits widely, is inspired by the patterns of nature and anatomy, right down to the microscopic. Stark takes construction or acid-free colored paper and intricately cuts each sheet with […]

‘Unexpected Subway Living:’ MacLachlan

There’s just something about this agglomeration of figures in terracotta, plaster, varnish, oil paints, nail polish, eye shadow and glazes that makes sense for an exhibit focused on the experience of being human. Jordan MacLachlan’s Unexpected Subway Living is part of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s “Ineffable […]

Glenn Payan’s Stretched and Tilted Landscapes

The vividly colored, stretched and tilted landscapes of Glenn Payan’s British Columbia are almost fairytale-like in composition. But there’s nothing childlike about this one-time teacher’s rising reputation as a professional artist.  His stylish works have an ever-growing following, via the Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver and Hong Kong. (Detail, […]