Todd Lambeth, Noah, 12 x 14 inches, oil on canvas, 2012
Victoria painter Todd Lambeth was seriously injured in a cycling accident recently, and found himself housebound with limited movement as he convalesced. Cats at rest are the subject matter of the paintings that came out of that period. The artists says, “These are not paintings of urban hustle; rather they are oases of meditative calm and reflection. The banal subject of the ubiquitous family cat is transformed into images that celebrate the humility and comfort of our private lives.”
Watch an excellent video interview of Lambeth talking about his project, by filmmaker Michael Cox.
Lambeth’s exhibition “Oh! You Pretty Things” is on view at Deluge Gallery in Victoria to June 15, 2013
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Image: (Detail) Thief with a Toy Camera, 45 x 60 inches, 2013
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A PRIVATE VIEWING AT MY STUDIO, PRIOR TO MY SOLO EXHIBITION IN TORONTO NEXT MONTH.
April 18, 2013, 6-9 pm
#322b and #326-1000 Parker Street,
(entrance on east side of the building)
Refusing to be categorized in terms of subject matter or painting style, with this new body of work Vancouver painter Val Nelson allowed images to rise to the surface and demand to be painted. Travel photos from Berlin and New York, images found on the internet, and art history texts are sources for her paintings. Acknowledging numerous influences including Menzel, Manet, and Picabia, she paints still life, portraiture, painstakingly repainted collage and over-painting of found objects, linking them in a fluid overall narrative much like the collision of images in film montage.
Breaking Lent, 2013, overpainted found object, oil, glass, wood, paper, approximate dimension 6 x 8 inches
Studio location map
A park, rush hour 22″x36″ / 56×91.5cm Oil on canvas 2008-9
Peter Archer, British painter
A catalogue of wonderful new work is available at Art Space, London.
Val Nelson, Hamburger Bahnhof 1, 45 x 60 inches, oil on panel, 2012-2013
In my September 2012 post on my “In the Studio” page, I bemoaned my boredom with photography as a source for my paintings. Well since then things have changed quite a bit. While photography has limitations, I am once again finding it very freeing, in different ways from working from life. The paintings that “just happen” very quickly are ones that I sometimes prize; but there are also the larger works that emerge slowly, and are an accumulation of “hits” and “misses” that are moves toward the final goal of an image that registers for me something that I hope to call Painting.
The layering of glazes can subtly alter the surface and create nuances of painterly depth that a “premier coup” painting might not. Each approach is just different, neither better nor worse than the other.
There’s also what technology can bring to the process–I’m fairly sure if Velaszquez or Vermeer were here today they would most likely be taking advantage of today’s photography post-production software in conjunction with their painting.
Along with working from reproductions of reality printed on paper or found on my computer screen, I also have been really benefiting from some life drawing and painting in the past while. It’s feeling good to do it all–– it just makes the work richer and I think more informed.
Today we needn’t be And/Or but can easily say yes to Both.
Pierre Coupey, Field VII
Oil on canvas over panel
48″ x 76″
“Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting should begin by cutting out his own tongue.” – Pierre Matisse
An artist in Vancouver whose work I greatly admire is Pierre Coupey. His painting language is unabashedly romantic and direct without being too easy. Founding editor of The Capilano Review and co-founder of The Georgia Straight, Pierre has been a writer, printmaker, and painter since the early 1960′s.
His work was recently exhibited in a five-person show on abstraction, The Point Is: Pierre Coupey/Landon Mackenzie/Martin Pearce/Bernadette Phan/Bryan Ryley, curated by Liz Wylie at the Kelowna Art Gallery. His next solo show at Gallery Jones, Field Work, takes place in Spring 2013. Co-curated by Darrin Morrison and Astrid Heyerdahl, the West Vancouver Museum and the Art Gallery at the Evergreen Cultural Centre are mounting a major survey show, Cutting Out the Tongue: Selected Work 1976-2012.
West Vancouver Museum
March 6 – April 27, 2013
March 5, 7-9pm
Art Gallery at Evergreen
March 16 – April 27, 2013
March 17, 4-6pm
April 3-April 27, 2013
April 4, 6-8pm