Kim Metcalfe, "Silha," 2005, mixed media (plaster, wax, oil, latex, varnish) on canvas, 24" x 48".
Aug 12 - Sept 5, 2005
Tiffin Neely Gallery, White Rock
By Beverly Cramp
Kim Metcalfe starts work on her mixed media, abstract-inspired art by applying a thick plaster base on canvas. “That gives the canvas a lot of texture. It leads the way for the rest of the materials and the eventual look of the piece. The work creates itself,” she says. Metcalfe says her art is not entirely abstract: “There is a theme and it is vaguely visible.” Born and raised in London, England, Metcalfe was educated at Minchendon Art School in London. Travelling in Europe exposed her to ancient wall paintings, and that inspired her to set up an interior design company specializing in faux finishes when she moved to Canada in 1985. Ten years ago, she began painting on canvas. “The fact that I had no formal fine art training was a blessing. I didn’t feel I had to follow any rules or regulations. For example I mix latex and oils together, which is a big taboo. Whatever I want to add — gold leaf, wax, varnish — I do. Anything that works for the picture.”
Represented by: Tiffin Neely Gallery, White Rock, BC.