Eleanor Lowden is an Ontario artist known for her merry paintings in both acrylic and watercolour, with a focus on figurative works.
"I am fascinated by people," Eleanor tells us in a statement, "My paintings herald the day and honour those simple moments that we all take for granted. Like walking the dog, shopping, eating, holding hands, talking on the phone and texting. I love to watch crowds of people travelling in different directions. Each with their own story and body language, lost in their own thoughts."
Your Very Own (left), shows the interaction of people through fashion. Eleanor uses bright colors and repetition to great effect, unifying the figures. The text brings the viewer into the painting for a closer inspection, while adding a strong narrative to the work. It suggests we collect fashion, each acquisition adding a small piece to our identity.
On Valentine’s day, Westland Gallery launched a new group exhibition, Fall in Love with Art, focusing on the universal feeling of love. Eleanor will be showing four new pieces in this show, including Skate Date. Intimate moments in public spaces is a recurring theme in Eleanor’s workand here is an activity that both is inherently public, yet creates intimacy through touch (at least for the amateur skater!). How do public spaces alter our interactions with our loved ones? Do we hesitate?
Currently, Eleanor is the president of the Canadian Watercolour Society, a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, and a mother a three. To see Westland Gallery’s selection of Eleanor Lowden’s work, click here, and be sure to stop by Fall in Love with Art, Feb 14th - March 4th, 2017.