"A Bit of Spring"
Glen Semple, "A Bit of Spring," acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36".
West End Gallery, Edmonton
May 5 - May 17, 2007
By Gilbert A. Bouchard
Painter Glen Semple believes big artistic beauty comes in small packages. “Like the previous one, this brand-new show is based on the idea of ‘bit of beauty’,” says the Calgary-based photo-realist artist. “The last show was all about toys, this one is more about flowers in jars. I like details and getting lost in a painting. That’s one of the reasons I like painting glass jars and the objects that can be put into them — I like reflection and how glass distorts and captures light.” While Semple’s complex compositions are based on photographs, the process of creating the photographic base is more involved than simply snapping a shutter. “I might take up to 100 pictures with my digital camera, then use photoshop to piece together an image from all the elements I like,” he says. “I’d be a photographer if I could take a good photo. It’s much easier pulling together the good parts of a bunch of photos in a painting.”
Represented by: West End Gallery, Edmonton and Victoria: Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary.