Lesley Finlayson Reflect, Sept 2022

LESLEY FINLAYSON "REFLECT" SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 8, 2022 These drawings and paintings were developed during the spring of 2022. They began with a trip to Yellow Point on Vancouver Island in February. Drawing conditions were not ideal for sustained periods, but the cold and logistical awkwardness contributed to a focus and intensity I really enjoy.  -LF [...]

2022-09-12T13:50:16-07:00

Jose Jimenez | Boboli Gardens Florence

JOSE F JIMENEZ | BOBOLI GARDENS, FLORENCE, ITALY JULY 14 - AUGUST 20, 2022 "His paintings are bursts of unconventional colours with shimmering dots of oil paint applied layer upon layer. Violet and aqua trees are set against a pale yellow sky. It's like experiencing nature through a kaleidoscope lens." JOSE JIMENEZ AN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE LANDSCAPE [...]

2022-10-03T11:13:42-07:00

Rubeena Ratcliffe New Paintings

RUBEENA RATCLIFFE  New Abstract Paintings JUNE 4 - 25, 2022 Rubeena Ratcliffe's new abstract paintings follow a similar approach: a refined use of colour and spiritual aspects, both philosophical and pictorial. The titles are taken from children’s books and the collection is titled ‘Blub Bluuub Bluuuuuuub’. RUBEENA RATCLIFFE ALL FOR ONE HOUSE ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 72" [...]

2022-10-03T10:57:52-07:00

Artist Spotlight | Rubeena Ratcliffe

Why does someone become an artist? It's a big question that can yield seemingly inconsequential answers. Sometimes, it all comes down to a childhood chance encounter — stumbling across a comic strip, attending an art exhibition for the first time or an emergency trip to the hospital. I asked Rubeena Ratcliffe to tell me about the early art memories that inspired her desire to create and set her on her career path. [...]

2022-06-03T15:30:43-07:00

Mara Korkola Small Paintings

MARA KORKOLA:  SMALL PAINTINGS  MARCH 24 - APRIL 16, 2022 Mara Korkola's captivating works compress worlds of information into small intimate oil paintings. The featured sunset paintings are based on photographs taken from hiking trips along the west coast of British Columbia. The intimate night paintings are based on photographs taken from evening walks through tree-lined streets of Vancouver neighbourhoods. [...]

2022-10-03T11:28:18-07:00

Jeroen Witvliet | Unintentionally disrupting your thoughts

Elissa Cristall Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Victoria-based artist Jeroen Witvliet.  "Unintentionally disrupting your thoughts" is a new series of oil paintings touching on the surreal, referencing many things hidden underneath the skin of the paint. Exhibition DatesNovember 20 - December 18, 2021 *extended to January 22, 2022 Hours  Please note that we are currently open by appointment Tuesday – Friday. We welcome [...]

2021-12-29T11:17:05-08:00

Feature Exhibition Fall 2021

Elissa Cristall Gallery is pleased to announce our feature exhibition in our new art showroom. Striking in variety and imagination these three women artists Lesley Finlayson, Mara Korkola and Shirley Claire Williams paint the vibrant colours and textures of the west coast. Exhibition Dates October 30 - November 18, 2021 Public Openings October 30, 1-4 pm & November 6, 1-4 pm Hours  Please note that we are currently [...]

2022-03-20T14:16:00-07:00

Artist Spotlight | Mara Korkola

Our interview with Toronto-based painter Mara Korkola took place by telephone and email over the course of two months. Mara Korkola's captivating works compress worlds of information into small intimate oil paintings.  The sunset paintings featured here are based on photographs taken from hiking trips along the west coast of British Columbia. Late evening is Korkola's signature time of day. This is when she prefers to paint as [...]

2022-09-27T16:32:18-07:00

Artist Spotlight | Carrie Walker

Carrie Walker spoke to me about her path to contemporary art making and the curiosity that continues to drive her work. Walker's art practice explores the fraught relationship between humans and non-human animals by looking at how humans write about, photograph and paint non-human animals. She uses original drawing, photography and video, as well as found and appropriated materials such as text, paintings and photographs. Humour and playfulness [...]

2021-04-20T18:30:56-07:00

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