"Dunham Blue Study"
Kevin Sonmor, "Dunham Blue Study," 2012, Oil on Linen, 30 x 30 in.
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Kevin Sonmor.
Sonmor's iconic work pushes the boundaries between the historical conventions of landscape painting and the contemporary aesthetic of the abstracted landscape. An inspired student of Flemish painting, his visions are dark and atmospheric yet filled with familiar still life objects. These objects float through Sonmor's rich, painterly landscapes, creating powerfully intriguing works that hover between contemporary and historic painting traditions.
Sonmor's paintings capture the feeling of Northern European still-lifes and Vanitas studies, rendering images in hues and shades of feeling while still carrying a distinctive contemporary edge.
Born in Lacombe, Alberta, Sonmor received his Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal. His paintings have been widely exhibited across Canada and United States in both solo and group exhibitions. In 2002, Mendel Art Gallery organized a traveling exhibition of Sonmor's work titled The Landscape Perilous: Kevin Sonmor Paintings 1998-2002. Sonmor is a recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants and his work may be found in many private and public collections including the University of Waterloo, Art Gallery of Algoma and Government of Canada.