Hendriks translates her love of flowers into a beautifully abstracted rendition of her subject. Her approach includes a multi layered application of acrylic paints and mediums, where she employs a wide array of brushstrokes, washes, and mark-making techniques. She is currently focusing on brightly coloured abstracted still life paintings from her studio in Cambridge, Ontario.
Hendriks completed studies at Fanshawe College (London, ON) and Bealart (London, ON), and has worked independently as a professional artist since 2005. Hendriks currently exhibits with a number of fine galleries across Canada, and is an associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA).
After graduating college, Sam spent 2 years as a resident artist at The Arts Project gallery in her hometown of London, where she was fortunate to complete several commissions, hold exhibitions and earn grants.
In 2012, having never traveled, seen the ocean or been on a plane, Sam moved her life and studio to the Dominican Republic. While exploring the island she discovered kitesurfing and took lessons in Cabarete, a small town on the north coast. Sam was a slow learner but after a few months of practice, tricks started coming naturally to her as a result of her snowboarding background. Within 2 years of kiting in Cabarete, she was offered her first sponsorship by Star Kiteboarding and started traveling to exotic locations for competitions.
"I would go out every morning and collect wild flowers to paint and live with-- a presence that would observably deteriorate. In this process of painting and living with the season/wildflowers, my practice explored ideas of honouring, offering, holding and ultimately loss. Through this process, I engaged with ideas of vanitas and natures mortes. This very classical idea of a still life has a new relevance in a digital world where most images and 'reality' are googleable--the series, records of loss, deals with the immediacy of engaging with what is at hand, of the transitory."
Angie Quick (b.1989) is a self-taught artist working in London, ON. She is known for her large oil paintings which explore flesh in a historical and contemporaneous manner. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation within both a visual and performative context. She has received several grants and has shown throughout Southern Ontario.
This exhibition will showcase a series of Angie's more recent florals.
Geoff Farnsworth currently lives in the Niagara Region, working out of a large communal studio space in downtown St. Catherines. This Niagara Artists Centre initiated multi space, has become an inspiring setting to create new work in varied size, motif, and perspective.
Geoff's paintings explore a relationship between figurative and abstraction in order to meld unconscious probing and stylistic innovation with a meditative figural base. It's important to Geoff that the paintings work well as collections of shape, colour, texture, and energy; while also building a compelling image. Working with people and motifs from his personal world, he focuses continuously on maintaining a balance between plan and accident, known and unknown, restraint and exuberance. His figures look out as much into mindscape as landscape.
Geoff's paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, the Niagara region, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Sweden, Norway, and Trinidad.
Teaching is also in his skill set, leading lessons, workshops, studies, high school lectures, as well as having taught at the University of Pristina.
Dana uses classical oils and paints on her grandmothers 1940’s easel. She prays frequently and sees images as she prays, which inspired her development of the cubist, fabric-like painting practice. She works instantaneously across her canvas, creating layers of colour that overlap as the image emerges through a grid technique that she has developed over years of her practice. The image emerges as both abstract and representational.
Dana has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout her career, including a solo-exhibition in July 2019 at Carnegie Gallery titled Chosen Paths.
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.