Courtesy Birchwood Art Galleries
Cindy Dyson, "Growth" acrylic on canvas, 36" x 46"
Born: Winnipeg, 1968
Studied: BFA, University of Manitoba School of Art, 2009
Price Range: $500 - $2,500
At Birchwood Art Galleries in Winnipeg, co-directors Lyn Chercoe and Carole Solmundson note that younger patrons are tending less toward limited edition prints and more to photography. As well, they note some gallery visitors seem more concerned with decorating than collecting.
The gallery has seen strong interest in the work of Cindy Dyson, a recent addition to their stable of artists. Lyn and Carole love her brilliant use of the palette knife — something not often seen in contemporary painting. She paints everyday events and places, with titles like: Coffee Break, Parking Lot and Hair Shop.
Dyson fell in love with the sheer physicality of the palette knife in a painting class taught by Bill Pura at the University of Manitoba. “I love that even though it can be an aggressive tool, with control it can produce lovely intricate detail. The marks the knife can make — large swooping blends of paint, tiny soft dabs, scrapes, sprays, and blobs — intrigue me,” she says. “I’m always looking for new ways to utilize the knife. I love to experiment.”
Don't be concerned about too much art. It's fun to take down pieces and replace them with something else, then bring them out and hang them In a different location to see them in a different light or context. Go ahead and play curator with your collection.