Sylvia Tait "ARABESQUE"
"ARABESQUE", 2011, OIL ON CANVAS, 36 X 48 IN
Opening reception Saturday Feb 11th from 2-4pm (artist in attendance.) Exhibition continues until February 25th, 2012.
In this latest series Sylvia Tait defeated her artistic block, or "wall", by painting the blocks themselves. The abstracted squares, ribbons and threads of colour resulting from this breakthrough have an inherent musicality and sense of movement to them. Sylvia Tait creates rich paintings that explore feelings and emotions through abstract forms and unique colour compositions. Tait studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts studying under master instructors Arthur Lismer, Jacques de Tonnancoeur, and Eldon Grier. Tait’s paintings are represented in corporate and public collections in North and South America, Europe, and Hong Kong. Selected collections include Musee de l’Art Contemporaine,Quebec; Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Canada Council Art Bank.
After more than 50 years exhibiting as a professional artist, Sylvia Tait is recognized as an important facet of the Canadian art community.
As compensation for my lack of rhythm, a sense of form and colour-values becomes most important to me at this time. Time itself is difficult to comprehend and the abstract idea presents an appealing problem for the painter. Time and place/the here and now/ today and all the accumulated ancient myths of it with its implications, are rich sources for a muse-hunter. Music and time notations are fascinating, presenting a language that is universal, but finding a pace or rhythm seems to offer a personal or cultural identification.
So for me I rely on a direct (now) contact with the canvas, relinquishing illusion, shaping it as stillness or in quick-time, seasonal, darkly or lightly implying mood, or feelings in metamorphosis. Tone-colour relations connect me to musical composition in an abstracted time sense.