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Hot Art

Artist Spotlight: Larry Rich

Ancient Animal by Larry Rich

Ancient Animal by Larry Rich

Larry Rich fell in love with art the day he stepped foot in his University graphic design class. After realizing he lacked the patience for the technical aspects of design, he began exploring analog mediums like painting on canvas and live model drawing.

More than 20 years later, Rich’s work has been displayed all over the world, from Calgary to Italy. Known for his vibrant and textured paintings of Manitoba landscapes, Rich uses his surroundings for inspiration. Growing up as a city boy, captivated by different angles of the cityscape, led to his fascination with the spaces around us. From his current home just outside Winnipeg, he enjoys the closeness to nature that allows him to envision his next painting.

Each piece begins with one cohesive idea, but Rich allows creative spontaneity to take over. His textured, contemporary style of prairie abstracts is made by applying layers of acrylic paint with palette knives, brushes, spatulas and sponges. The result is a surface that is built up to create a three-dimensional effect. “I look at painting as a building process, as opposed to a painting process,” he says.

His goal for each piece is to convey mood by capturing ambient light. Techniques like gold leafing are used to produce an ethereal glow.

Rich’s background as a musician also informs his art. He approaches these two creative endeavours in much the same way, by using layers—whether of brush strokes or sound—to create a vibrancy that captivates his audience.

Larry Rich’s work can be viewed at Birchwood Art Gallery, 1068 Pembina Hwy, 204‑888‑5840 or 1‑800‑822‑5840

Hot Art: Shifting Perspective

Photo by Leah Snyder Courtesy Plug in ICA

Ode To Miss Eagle Testickle by Ursula Johnson (photo by Leah Snyder)

To Jan 1

Group exhibition Superimposition: Sculpture and Image at Plug In ICA features artists Nadia Belerique, Valerie Blass, Ursula Johnson, Kelly Lycan, Ursula Mayer, Kristin Nelson, Dominique Rey and Andrea Roberts. The exhibit includes a variety of mixed media pieces exploring superimposition—a technique usually unique to image—in three dimensional space. The collection, which draws inspiration from fashion, film, architecture, and performance, incorporates bright colours, text and texture to create sculptural works that play with the conventions of graphic design. Unit 1-460 Portage Ave, 204‑942‑1043, plugin.org

Hot Art: Spacial Play

Image courtesy of Gallery 1C03

Image courtesy of Gallery 1C03

To Nov 26

Gallery 1C03 presents Sounding Space in partnership with send + receive: a festival of sound. The exhibit features a sound installation by Adam Basanta and drawings and sculptures by Eleanor King, examining the impact of space through concrete and abstract forms. 1st floor, Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, 204‑786‑9253, uwinnipeg.ca

Hot Art: Artist Spotlight, Cindy Dyson

"Mid day” Courtesy of Cindy Dyson

“Mid day” Courtesy of Cindy Dyson

Fascinated by the mundane and commonplace at a young age, Cindy Dyson began drawing as a child as a way to find therapy and refuge from her challenging childhood. In her 20s, she fell in love with the work of 19th century Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissarro. Since then, she has been inspired by the commitment of these artists to depict the beauty and elegance of daily experiences.

Dyson’s exhibition A Pause In Routine at Pulse Gallery is a celebration of everyday life in our 21st century world. Her paintings and  observations reveal the joy, bittersweetness and preciousness of a fleeting moment, presented through bright splashes of colour that exude energy and life. Her work captures street scenes and landscapes of Winnipeg’s cultural hubs like the Exchange District and downtown core.

The process of creating can be time consuming, yet rewarding. Often times, Dyson takes photos of scenery while out with family and friends, and sketches the subject on paper to form composition. She then applies acrylic paint to canvas to create shadow, depth and light. Texture is common in her paintings, as she uses tools like a palette knife, sponge, fork, comb and her fingers to apply paint. “I find the endless variety of marks I can make with these tools challenges and fascinates me,” she says. I love the physicality and range of the knife —aggressive slices, delicate dabs, focused scrapes and thick bold swaths of colour.” The versatility of acrylic paint enables Dyson to splatter, spray, blob and pour, to evoke mood and movement within each piece.

Her collection will be on exhibit at Pulse Gallery from Oct 14-31. Main floor, Johnston Terminal, The Forks, 204-957-7140

Hot Art: Aesthetic Reflection

“Going Nowhere” Courtesy of Jayne Nixon

“Going Nowhere” Courtesy of Jayne Nixon

Starts sep 15

Creative Quandary at cre8ery showcases a collection of work by local artists: Naomi Gerrard, Jayne Nixon, Deb Schmid and Kathleen Black. The exhibit focuses on the exploration of the creative and emotional processes an artist goes through when creating a work. Through a variety of mediums, each piece shows a moment significant to its artist. The collection includes lush landscape paintings illustrating the English countryside, intricate glass sculptures, glass mosaics (pictured), grain and seed works inspired by prairie land and colourful mixed media work influenced by travels to Asia. 2nd floor, 125 Adelaide St, 204‑944-0809

Hot Art: Fresh Prints

Acrylic paint, acrylic pouring medium, collage on panel, 16 x 20 inches by NEIL FARBER, COURTESY of LISA KEHLER ART + PROJECTS

Acrylic paint, acrylic pouring medium, collage on panel, 16 x 20 inches by NEIL FARBER, COURTESY of LISA KEHLER ART + PROJECTS

SEP 2-OCT 1 Neil Farber presents the first Canadian solo show of his work in more than a decade at Lisa Kehler Art + Projects. The Braided Stream includes a new series of colourful and textured paintings that feature his collages sealed between layers of clear acrylic paint. 171 McDermot Ave, 204‑510‑0099

Hot Art: Fibre Art

February 2016 Morton My Back YardThe Fabric of My Life: Fibre Art Collages by Bev Morton at Wayne Arthur Gallery showcases fibre art creations inspired by places the artist lives, works and dreams. Images of home and gallery, as well as real and imagined places, use distinct lines to define form and colour, with a simplicity that allows the viewer to participate in the experiences of the artist. Many of the pieces started as paintings, which were later recreated into fabric art. Runs Jan 31-Mar 2. Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑5249

Hot Art: Fibre Art

February 2016 Morton My Back Yard

The Fabric of My Life: Fibre Art Collages by Bev Morton at Wayne Arthur Gallery showcases fibre art creations inspired by places the artist lives, works and dreams. Images of home and gallery, as well as real and imagined places, use distinct lines to define form and colour, with a simplicity that allows the viewer to participate in the experiences of the artist. Many of the pieces started as paintings, which were later recreated into fabric art. Runs Jan 31-Mar 2. Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd, 204‑477‑5249

Hot Art: Art Exhibits Jan/Feb 2016

N 49º5_ W 97º1_2 Chantal DupasTo Jan 9 — From Bluffs to the Holler: Paintings by Neil Peter Dyck at Actual Gallery juxtaposes imagery from flat farmland to rugged mountains.

To Jan 31 — Manitoba Insights: The Ken Hughes Gift at Buhler Gallery features work from Manitoba artists.

Jan 7-Feb 13 — Catch The Indigenous Curator in Residence exhibition at aceartinc. Work by Niki Little in Enendaman | Anminigook explores the concept of authorship in contemporary Indigenous art.

Jan 8-Feb 19 — Bicycle Dérives: Exploring the Everyday Landscapes of Prairie Towns by Ted McLachlan at Martha Street Studio takes a panoramic view of rural communities and the fissures and seams that lie behind the façade of a town.

Jan 14-Feb 20 — Using photographic representations of domestic plants, Ashley Gillanders explores ideas about growth and time in Methods of Preservation at Gallery 1C03.

Feb 4- Mar 5 — See Learning about plants from a book from visual artist Chantal Dupas at Lisa Kehler Art + Projects, which includes two series of watercolours focused on documenting plant life.

Feb 5-16 — The Appearance of First Light by Ashleigh Dawn at cre8ery features paintings which represent new beginnings.

Feb 5-Mar 12 — Catch Cibola / The Shaman Exterminator: On the Trail of the Woodcraft Indians with the Buffalo Boy Scouts of America at Urban Shaman. This film explores the history of the Woodcraft Indian movement created by author and artist Ernest Thompson Seton.

Feb 17-Mar 19 —See the artwork from Manitoba’s northern schools in The Frontier School Division Juried Art Show at the Graffiti Gallery.

Hot Art: Northern Power

Francis ‘Mistigofer’ Turner courtesy Gerald KuehlA Sad Sort of Clean, Hydropower in Northern Manitoba at Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery features photos, video and drawings of four hydro-affected communities at the north end of the transmission line. The visuals evoke beauty and destruction, gentleness and power, and show the impact made on communities and the environment every time we flick a switch. To Jan 23. 600 Shaftesbury Blvd, 204-888-6781

Hot Art: Editor’s Pick: Bird Lady’s Swan Song

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In January the world lost a powerful creative force when influential and prolific pioneer of modern Inuit art Kenojuak Ashevak died at age 85. Ashevak’s distinctive, enchanting imagery has graced Canadian stamps and coins, earned honourary doctorates, a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the distinction of highest auction sale price of any Canadian print at $52,000 USD. Her final masterpiece,Tall Tundra Bird (pictured), is a stunning stonecut and stencil that fittingly features Ashevak’s favoured subject: a mythical and nearly supernatural bird. Nunavut Gallery is the place to see this very special artwork and many other resplendent Ashevak prints. 603 Corydon Ave, 204-478‑7233.

Hot Art: Haisla Artist Lyle Wilson at Bill Reid Gallery

"Octopus" by Lyle Wilson. Photos by Jenn Walton courtesy collection of the artist

“Octopus” by Lyle Wilson. Photos by Jenn Walton courtesy collection of the artist

Haisla artist Lyle Wilson is painting outside the lines—of traditional Northwest Coast art, that is. In Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson, his artwork finds form in traditionally stylized, yet playfully experimental, pieces. Find captivating works by the artist, such as “Octopus” (pictured), until Sep. 15 at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.—Jill Von Sprecken

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