Shirley Elias, "Virtuosity," acrylic on canvas, 40" X 30".
February 12 to 28, 2011, at Webster Gallery, Calgary and April 28 to May 28, 2011 at Birchwood Gallery, Winnipeg
It’s obvious that Shirley Elias had her original creative inspiration in the world of music. A former concert pianist who now blends both artistic worlds (her paintings are collected by some of Canada’s most accomplished musicians), Elias’ paintings swirl with colour and motion. She describes how she “follows” the movement of colour across the canvas, in the same way the ear follows a line of music. “As a pianist, my performances were about connecting with an audience from the stage, using colours of sound within a structured musical framework,” she says. “My work as a painter is based on a similar principle.” Elias will have solo shows February 12 to 28 at Webster Gallery, Calgary and April 28 to May 28 at Birchwood Gallery in Winnipeg.