"Sanctuary: Re-examining the Nest"
"Sanctuary: Re-examining the Nest."
Opening Reception: Thu, June 13, 7-9pm
Artists: Lynne Green, Catherine Nicholls and Joan Skeet
The nest as both symbol and metaphor is found in the art and literature of cultures worldwide dating back to biblical times before. Visually it creates an immediate association with nature and traditionally is used to reference or symbolize the home with implied qualities of refuge, comfort and peace.
In contemporary Western Art the nest is portrayed realistically in its traditional form, or wholly or partially deconstructed, hovering anywhere between representation and total abstraction. The image of the nest in its modern context creates a vehicle for inquiry, exploration and thought on issues such as the nature of the home in modern society, the natural word, life cycles of birth and death and aspects of fulfillment and emptiness.
This exhibition features three established North Vancouver artists utilizing images of the nest either wholly or as part of a larger whole in contemporary paintings, sculpture and textile art.
Lynne Green‘s distinct mixed media paintings evolve naturally from her many years of work as a professional goldsmith and jewelry designer. Her paintings are accented with 24karat gold and, at times, with a variety of handcrafted pigments mixed with ground malachite, lapis lazuli and other semi-precious gems. Lynne’s paintings and sculptures reflect her knowledge of the subtleties of colour and her fascinated of the natural forms of her surrounding landscapes. She often incorporates recycled materials such as silver, copper, brass, steel, rusted metal, wood, linen and silk. Her work is in several corporate collections and she has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Catherine Nicholls’ work is developed through painting, drawing, and collage in sketchbooks. This careful planning and exploration of ideas allows a more liberated and intuitive approach when it comes to fabric paint or mixed media techniques. Catherine works on paper and fabric with discharge, dyeing, drawing, painting and printing. Textile pieces are then densely quilted either by hand or machine and often both. Catherine has exhibited in North America and Europe individually and as a member of SiX, a group of textile artists based in the UK. Catherine teaches workshops in patchwork, quilting and creative sketchbook.
Joan Skeet – Working in the genre of contemporary abstract expressionism, Joan is intrigued by the process of creating a painting without external reference, using just colour, palette knife, brushstroke and texture to manipulate the canvas into a piece that speaks to the viewer. Working exclusively in oils she employs a variety of techniques including glazing, layering, chiseling and sanding to create depth and interest. Joan graduated With Distinction in Visual Arts from the Arts Program Okanagan College and with scholarships and went on to graduate from the Studio Arts Program at Emily Carr, majoring in painting and sculpture. Joan is represented by the Avenue Gallery in Victoria.
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 15, 1-3pm
Jo Dunlop, Exhibition Coordinator
CityScape Community Art Space
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC
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