"What About Now"
Renee Duval, "What About Now," oil on canvas, 2009, 48" X 52".
New Paintings March 3 to 26, 2011, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
Originally from B.C. and currently based in Montreal, painter Renee Duval has a way of dividing the focus of the viewer in each of her paintings — they’re about the process of viewing as much as they’re about their subjects. Many of her works foreground trees and bushes, ostensibly the paintings’ subjects, but the viewer is drawn to focus on what’s beyond the branches, to peer through. More recent canvases offer glimpses of Vancouver scenery, as if seen through peepholes and hidden cameras. New Paintings is on March 3 to 26 at Vancouver’s Elissa Cristall Gallery.