Helmut Becker was born in 1931 in the Alberta Badlands and grew up in rural Saskatchewan, where he was strongly influenced by artist and teacher Wynona Mulcaster. Her approach to art as a heartfelt method of communication resonated with the young Becker.
Becker studied Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan and Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout his career, Becker has taught Printmaking, Papermaking, Hand Papermaking and Fibre Flax & Hemp Research at Nova Scotia College of Art, the University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario.
Also in the collection are landscape images from all over Ontario depicting colourful rocks and calm water scenes. She is a member in the Gallery Painting Group and is excited to participate once again for the 3rd year in the London Artist Studio Tour while exhibiting in the Westland Gallery to start the year off. Check out her fresh chic card designs online @marilynlazenbydesigns and in Curiosities, Framing & Art, Rivertown Gallery and Art & Soul Cafe.
Marilyn attended Fanshawe College for Fine Art and the Advertising Art Program in Design, Business Communication and Marketing. She is an instructor with the the London Arts Council's LAIR/ AECE program, and was a Professor at Fanshawe from September 1998 - 2016.
The figures and portraits are depicted in a classical representational style using old master techniques to allow the viewer to be present with and share an intimacy with the model as they are. The backgrounds are textured abstractions to create a visual and emotional juxtaposition in contrast to the figure. Text and graphic elements are interwoven from music, literature and personal notes representing both the artist and model’s experience.
Brent Schreiber is an Artist located in Elmira, ON Canada. His work focuses on realism based figurative / portrait paintings combining illustrative and narrative themes. Brent is best known for his Listen series. It is an ongoing collection featuring the portrait and figure exploring contemporary themes of god, spirituality, and the human bond. Brent specializes in commissioned portraits and other subject matter as well as Commercial Illustration. Brent's illustration work includes promotional material, book covers, interiors and advertising in the science fiction, fantasy, pin-up and romance/adult genres. Brent is an Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist and his work is held in both Private and Public Collections in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Aira: of the wind
An invisible breath moves my world. Outside my studio window the clouds move across the sky, my garden dances to a mysterious rhythm, and the water surface on the bird bath ripples.
The Aira series, created with oil stick scribbles like a gesture drawing, captures fleeting impressions of my continuing fascination with mystery, movement, energy, and light.
While Johnson was born in Toronto, her family’s roots in the shield country of North Frontenac – specifically Bon Echo, Mazinaw Lake -- continue to serve as one of her prime sources of inspiration. Bon Echo is a stunning 100 meter pre-Cambrian cliff a mile long the rises straight from the dark waters of one of the deepest lakes in Ontario. This is a location that has drawn artists for centuries – from Algonquin artists who created pictographs along the meeting of rock and water, to the group of seven members who painted at this location during the heyday of the “Bon Echo Inn”. It is a magical Canadian landscape that Johnson sees as a powerful reminder of nature's spirit and poetry and a potent muse for ongoing painterly enquiries.
During her years at OCAD, she was particularly influenced by painting studies with Tom Dean. An inspirational line can also be drawn from Joyce Wieland, for whom she worked while Joyce was preparing for her AGO retrospective. Studies in Italy and Berlin have also influenced her work.
Johnson's painting plays with the techniques of the old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thompson and Susanna Heller. While her gestural approach shows an affinity for action painting, she also draws on elements of a Baroque aesthetic to add drama and emotion. Johnson creates theatrical worlds of wilderness landscape -- passionate dramas expressed with the visceral physicality of paint in a gestural dance.
I have been an active member of the Brush and Palette Club since 2002, participating regularly in its annual art show and sale and taking art instruction from innumerable artists through its workshop program. My work has also been shown and sold at Paint Ontario and Art and Soul Cafe in Port Stanley.
In 2016 I co-produced a local show called Home and Away that featured the work of 35 artists depicting Canadian immigration stories.
The subject itself is less important than expressing how the landscape feels to her. Donna would describe herself as a landscape inspired abstract expressionist. She has a romantic notion of herself exploring the Canadian Landscape one province at a time with her paint box in hand and a palette full of juicy oils. "Whether I am staring out at an open vista or I am just dreaming of it in my studio, I feel that the landscape calls out to me, like an old friend."
Donna's award winning art has been in many solo and group shows, as well as public exhibitions, and is part of private and corporate collections worldwide. Over the past decade her work has appeared in many publications, television programs and has been widely shared in the social media circuit.
As painters, we create the illusion of physical light by representing it as contrast with shadow or variations in value and colour on a two dimensional surface. Mood and story are affected by the impression of implied light source; be it directional, ambient, diffuse, or reflective. Too, how the intersection between subject and shadow is described will bring complexity and meaning to a work.
Painted light might also imply metaphor, unbound by its natural physical properties. Symbolically the use of light imagery might bring deeper meaning and emotion where effulgent light is used to convey spiritual illumination or knowledge. Some of my pieces will explore the threshold between these two iterations of light.