Ernestine Tahedl, "Modette," 2007, acrylic on canvas, 65" x 46".
ERNESTINE TAHEDL, Solitude
Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton
Sept 29 to Oct 11, 2007
By Amy Fung
Somewhere between landscape and abstraction, Ernestine Tahedl’s works persist. Trained at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts, the Austria-born Tahedl has now made King City, Ontario her studio home after 60 years as an artist. Her upcoming traveling retrospective, presented by the Varley Art gallery in Markham, Ontario is only one indication of her ongoing appeal, but Tahedl’s latest works reflect her recent desire to return to a more “pure” form of painting. “Over the years I have searched for this freedom in my work” she says. “I am trying to find my way back to my childhood painting experience, to a fresh way of working.” Immigrating to Edmonton in 1963, the award-winning artist continues to exhibit in the city where her professional career began. Her latest series, Solitude, at Agnes Bugera Gallery, conveys Tahedl’s ongoing exploration of colour as light. Representing essence over matter and preferring to relay emotion over fact, the experience of places — perhaps from a state of solitude — captures her interest after a long and heralded career.
Represented by: Agnes Bugera Gallery, Edmonton; Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver; Gallery 133, North York, ON; The Shayne Gallery, Montreal; Trias Gallery, Toronto; Hubert Gallery, New York.