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Photographer: Yuri Akuney.
"Bulldog with Red Foot"
Constance Bachmann, "Bulldog with Red Foot," 2010, acrylic on panel, 48” x 48”.
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Constance Bachmann, "Bulldog," sitting, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”.
CONSTANCE BACHMANN - Collector's Pick
By Maureen Latta
Constance Bachmann first saw the aesthetic potential of animals in the sleek contours of the greyhounds that strolled the Beaches boardwalk in Toronto a decade ago. She went on to paint other breeds, including chunkier bulldogs, but is now turning her attention to a new species – bears.
Bachmann lives in Kelowna, B.C., but spent her formative years as an artist in Vancouver, where she exhibited large figurative paintings. Her first show was across the street from the old Monte Clark gallery, where Vancouver artist Peter Aspell’s Captain series was on display. “I was drawn to the way he would build up colour using a spatula and carve into the top layer to reveal another colour below,” she says. “His rich layering felt so accomplished, but the work never felt old.”
Bachmann, whose partner, Danny McBride, is a painter represented by some of the same galleries as well as a musician – he was lead guitarist with pop star Chris de Burgh for 14 years – now works exclusively with a palette knife. She likes the chance reactions of paint as she slides her knives over canvas or board. “It’s good for me not to have total control over every element of a painting. I think it’s the same as knowing the ending of a book. When I’m immersed in one, I’d rather not know how it turns out.”
Constance Bachmann’s next exhibition is at Sopa Gallery in Kelowna, B.C. She is also represented by the Stephen Lowe Art Gallery in Calgary and the White Rock Gallery in White Rock, B.C. Her work is priced at $2,000 to $7,000.