Perry Rath "To Take You Home"
Perry Rath "To Take You Home" mixed media
Opening night reception for Prince George's Groop Gallery featured artist Perry Rath from Smithers B.C.
Perry will be in attendance to present his latest works and will be providing an artist talk at 7:30.
Since graduating in Fine Art from the University of Guelph in 1995, Perry Rath has been pursuing artistic projects in a variety of international venues, collections and publications. Rath’s practice has taken a few different directions and series, encompassing installations, objects/artifacts, paintings, printmaking, collaborations, and education. In his work, Rath seeks visual and conceptual relationships of memory, renewal, presence/absence, history, time, place and communication.
Featuring his distinctive paintings in the Groop Gallery, he explores the range of patterns that humans rely upon to comprehend inner and outer environments. The paintings suggest echoes of recognizable forms that emerge from layers of texture and colour to create an elemental atmosphere. Drawing on botanical and geological motifs, maps, photographs and cultural iconography, these elements are assembled in a painterly way, juxtaposing geometric divisions with organic undulations. Within these works is a fascination by all that is held within the landscape and the maps of that territory – the stories, the routes, the changes, the tragedies, and the reverence.
Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, in 1971, Rath settled near Smithers in 2002, living rurally with his wife and 2 young sons, amongst chickens, llamas, and a variety of mountain wildlife. He has been teaching art at Smithers Secondary School since 2006, where he has developed a range of innovative arts initiatives.
Rath has established himself as a prominent artist, educator and advocate in his region.