May 29 - June 24, 2012
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm
A still life can be thought of as a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects, either natural or man-made. Originating in the Ancient Greek and Roman art, the still life has given artists a platform to explore religious and allegorical symbolism, to study light and shadows, and to consider their environment and assemble their compositions thoughtfully.
In Larger than Still Life an exhibition of paintings by artist Tansy Sverre, we examine Sverre’s interpretation of this historical painting tradition. Her use of vibrant colour, simplified shape, dramatic shadows and energetic brushstrokes create paintings on the edge of stillness.
Tansy Sverre was born in Nanaimo, and currently lives in the community of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, BC. She studied visual arts, design and illustration at Emily Carr University and Capilano University. Her work has been exhibited locally and is in many private collections.