Maddison breaks up the two-dimensional space on her canvas with energetic lines, fields of beautiful colour and abstract but suggestive form. By staying in the moment and channeling her experience into the work she expresses ideas about identity, womanhood and self-reinvention.
How far north have you ventured? A new exhibition by Kim Harrison explores what we imagine the Canadian North to be like, even if we have never visited. Harrison’s solo exhibition, titled simply “North”, is an abstracted representation of Canadian forests and of our far north. The exhibition opens October 15th.
Kim, who has often been inspired by literature, is exhibiting a collection of work created after reading The Hidden Mountain by Gabrielle Roy. In the novel, a self-taught painter sets out on an often-lonely journey of artistic discovery. Driven by some inner force, the protagonist moves slowly north capturing the land and its people in his art. Roy’s vivid descriptions of grand vistas in Canada’s far north have lingered in Kim’s mind and on his canvases.
“It’s only cultural familiarity I have with our far North,” the artist says. “Most people have perhaps and affinity – or several – for another place or time, some inner nationality.”
Having never been as far north as The Hidden Mountain described, Kim leans into his imagination to explore the epic skies and vast tundra we find in these paintings. Harrison uses spontaneous miniature sketches as a starting composition and colour palette for large scale works. Favouring vivid colour and mark-making over fine detail, Harrison captures his imagined experience of the far north. “Where the rain and the air is bracing,” Kim muses.
As an established artist of 35 years, Janice has been sharing her knowledge both in her Art Mentoring program and in the painting workshops that she teaches in Canada, the US, and Europe. She has also become interested in inspiring artists to create a whole new response to the environmental crisis that goes beyond facts, pessimism, arguments, and blame, and instead offers up what nature means to our spirits; the love of it. Janice has developed an art teaching initiative called Workshops in Wild Places. In these unique, innovative workshops, students travel to remote locations throughout the world to experience the beauty, energy and power of the wild landscape, to deeply and joyfully connect with it, and then–– through a facilitated contemplative and creative process–– translate that response into abstract paintings.
Unexpected endorsement of his ability came when, employed as the doctor for a foray of the Eastern Division of the Canadian Alpine Club into the Arctic, in the month of July 1965, he shared a tent together with A.Y. Jackson. Each day they painted together, and AY encouraged Jim's interest, gave his support for a possible career move, and invited him to join him in an exhibition that Fall at the Klinkhof Gallery in Montreal.
From 1996 to 2016, Jim initially studied Classical drawing and painting techniques at the Florence Academy of Art and continued to work annually for a month on his own in that inspiring city.
Her numerous awards include Best in Show, several public choice and juried awards. The County of Oxford commissioned a painting for a gift to Taiwan. Two of her paintings were accepted into Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club juried exhibition ‘Next’ in 2015. They received over 700 entries and only accepted 45.
Her work is in numerous corporate, private and permanent collections, some of which include The Government of Ontario, The Woodstock Art Gallery and The Woodstock Hospital.
She is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, The Woodstock Art Gallery and was a member of their Art Gallery Advisory Committee. She is a past Chairperson of The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and a member of Oxford Creative Connections.
Jesse is a member of the Ontario Society of Artist, the Society of Canadian Artists, Art Renewal Center and Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. He has been a part of numerous group and solo exhibitions in Canada and the USA. Jesse's work is in the public collections of the municipal government of the city of Ottawa, the Corporation of the County of Essex, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham ON, the 48th Highlanders Regimental Headquarters in Toronto, the AIDS organization of Canada; CMHA in Windsor, Government of Ontario Art Collection at the Archives of Ontario, Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Michigan U.S.A.
My interpretations are expressed through my own eyes but very much influenced by following others examples. I feel I have developed as a painter over the years by constant learning and challenging myself to grow. The goal has always been about the journey itself, the enjoyment of new experiences and being able to share my interpretations with others.
John is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Josy graduated with an Honours BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1979. Her paintings have hung in over 90 juried and group shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and in 16 solo exhibitions. Josy is inspired by circular time, which constantly reveals miracles in nature, and is compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others.
She often paints a close-up point of view; breaking the painting into jewels of colour in a mosaic technique originally inspired by her love of Impressionism. Josy’s latest series is encaustic paintings of water lilies. The scale increased to 7ft by 4 ft paintings after seeing Monet’s water lilies at the MOMA. After a visit to the Muir Woods near San Francisco, Josy returned to her Look Way Up Series with large encaustics. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk through the woods.
Lee is a proud member of the SCA "The Society of Canadian Artists" and OSA "The Ontario Society of Artists." Lee has a number of pieces of his artwork exhibited across Canada, the USA and Europe which is represented in private and public collections.