Pim Sekeris, "Gastown," 2004, oil on linen, 20" x 24".
Pim Sekeris Oil Paintings, June 2 - 28, 2005
Jacana Gallery, Vancouver BC
By Beverly Cramp
Holland-born and educated, Pim Sekeris was immersed in the tradition of the 17th century Dutch school of realist landscape painting before coming to Canada. Balanced composition and a fine eye for translating light to paint on canvas mark his work. Sekeris compares realism to abstraction by saying it’s not the image that is important, it’s the vision. “I’m not just painting a picture,” he says from his studio in Montreal. “That’s the tricky part of being a realist. I’m true to nature but I’m also going for a personal vision, capturing a mood, a feeling. And I’m working with light to achieve my inner perception.” In addition to wilderness and country scenes, Sekeris paints cityscapes of locales such as Montreal, New York City, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver. “Vancouver has exceptional light. It gives great shadows.” Sekeris is particularly drawn to Vancouver’s old architecture and its colourful buildings. But more than specifics, he goes back to his goal of composing “a certain feeling.” He says: “Basically what I paint is solitude. There may be people in my paintings but solitude is what I’m depicting.”
Represented by: Jacana Gallery, Vancouver; Galerie Brigitte Desroches and Galeries d’Art du Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal; Robert Mede Gallery, Toronto; and Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York.