"Who's the Lucky Lady?"
Meghan Hildebrand, "Who's the Lucky Lady?" 2012, oil on acrylic on wood, 60” x 48”.
Madrona Gallery – $500 to $8,000
By Maureen Latta
Meghan Hildebrand’s imaginative worlds often seem about to slip off their canvases as images of the natural and human made collide with gusto. Hildebrand is a spinner of visual tales, whose fantastical sea, land and city views often feature canted angles and flowing ribbons of colour. Acrylics and oils combine with elements of collage. Viewing a Hildebrand painting can be a journey into numerous possible stories or simply an experience of aesthetic wonderment.
Michael Warren, owner of the Madrona Gallery in Victoria, notes an amazing response to this Powell River artist’s work. What stands out about it? “She is one of the few Western Canadian artists who have a very well-established visual language.”
Hildebrand’s current work still features her unique iconography, but shows a painterly shift toward frantic brushwork against open spaces. She says she was moved by a piece of art from a young friend. “It was funny, gestural, narrative and mysterious. I'm hoping to achieve the qualities I admired in that piece.”
Yukon-raised, Hildebrand was first inspired by Inuit and First Nations art and children’s books. She studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C., and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Her work is in the Yukon government’s permanent collection, among others, and she was featured by Mayberry Fine Art at the 2012 Toronto International Art Fair.