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"Purple Rectangle on Thuya Burl"
Kyle Herranen, "Purple Rectangle on Thuya Burl," Acrylic Pearl Paint, Thuya Burl, Resin, Size: 6" x 9", 2012.
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"Purple Rectangle on Jarrah Burl"
Kyle Herranen, "Purple Rectangle on Jarrah Burl," Acrylic Pearl Paint, Jarrah Burl, Resin, Size: 10" x 13", 2012.
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"Green Paint on Tamo Burl"
Kyle Herranen, "Green Paint on Tamo Burl," Acrylic Pearl Paint, Tamo Burl, Resin. Size: 7" x 9", 2012.
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"Green Paint on Musk Burl,"
Kyle Herranen, "Green Paint on Musk Burl," Acrylic Pearl Paint, Musk Burl, Resin. Size: 11" x 13", 2012.
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"Sapele and Leaves"
Kyle Herranen, "Sapele and Leaves," Sapele pommel, fabric, resin. Size: 30" x 60", 2012.
Nouveau Gallery — $1200 - $1900
By Dina O'Meara
Regina-based sculptor and installation artist Kyle Herranen credits his parents’ hobbies of woodworking and sewing for his unusual mix of media — cotton fabric and wood.
Herranen’s eye-catching work explores various contrasts — between art and craft as well as masculine and feminine — but he says the root of his work is nature.
Herranen, who grew up in the midst of Sudbury’s pulp-and-paper industry, often chooses cloth with faux-nature themes such as leaves and birds. In recent work, the printed fabric acts as a patterned background for wood fused between layers of resin and automotive paint.
His use of exotic and local woods such as bubinga and maple appeals to both new collectors and seasoned buyers, says Meagan Perreault, owner of the Nouveau Gallery in Regina. “It’s exciting to see people are excited about his work. This is part of my dream — to show young artists, watch them take off and be part of that journey.”
Herranen, who received his MFA from the University of Regina in 2008, has had a solo exhibition at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina and his work is in the gallery’s permanent collection. As well, he was included in a recent travelling exhibition of Saskatchewan artists organized by the Dunlop in collaboration with the Ottawa Art Gallery.