Rod Charlesworth is showing his latest collection of new paintings in Recent Expressions at the West End Gallery this month. Mirroring previous trips to Haida Gwaii, the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and winter playgrounds across the country, Charlesworth uses a bold brushwork and a keen sense of color to capture the essence of each place.
Born in northern British Columbia, Charlesworth moved to the Okanagan Valley at the age of seven. Influenced initially by surrealism in his early paintings, he attended Okanagan University College in the 1970s, where he discovered the Group of Seven and Impressionism. This inspired his interest in experimenting with color and the physical qualities of painting.
Although he acknowledges his education and technical training, Charlesworth still considers himself a self-taught artist.
“In my paintings, I try to evoke feelings and emotions about places, instead of making strict analytical representations of them. I use color as a structural tool to bring out what I feel is essential in terms of light, darkness, freshness and warmth. It brings out the spirit of the painting, ”he said.
Charlesworth’s paintings are sought after for collections throughout North America.
Recent Expressions – A Rod Charlesworth exhibition runs November 6-18. To learn more, visit westendgalleryltd.com.
The Madrona gallery presents this month 20 paintings by Takao Tanabe.
Acquired over the past eight years, this exhibition presents a sample of Tanabe’s career and features works from each decade that he has been active as an artist.
Based in Vancouver in the 1950s, Tanabe was a central figure in the lyrical abstraction movement along with BC Binning, Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Toni Onley and Donald Jarvis.
This era led to Tanabe’s first major solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery and helped establish him as a nationally recognized artist. It was a period of artistic development for the artist with opportunities to study in New York, London and Japan, which greatly influenced his career over the following decades.
The works in this exhibition follow Tanabe’s career from lyrical abstraction works of the 1950s, his hard-edge abstraction works of the 1960s, to his groundbreaking Land series paintings of the 1970s and onwards. His time spent as Director of Painting at the Banff Center for the Arts from 1973 to 1980 would have a profound impact on his work and help solidify Tanabe’s reputation as a leader in the Canadian art scene.
Takao Tanabe: Seven Decades of Painting is open from November 6 to 20. Visit madronagallery.com for more information.
Nature also comes to The Avenue Gallery in sculpture, oil and water.
Vancouver Island sculptor Carolyn Houg’s animals and clay figures are playful explorations of posture and personality. His playful sculptures of animals, birds and people celebrate our interconnection with nature and with each other. After studying fine arts at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) and the University of Alberta, she worked in the fields of oil, acrylic, monoprint with water, concrete and, more recently, clay.
“My goal is to make people smile and feel a benevolent connection with the animals and birds around us and those that are endangered in other parts of the world,” Houg said.
It relies on the playful and eccentric, often placing the subjects in improbable situations.
“Birds come up when they can fly; polar bears sail when they can swim. Many of my characters act against their usual instincts; sweet lions and fierce rabbits. All are meant to give us a break and consider all that we have in common with our fellows. “
Tanya Bone strives to capture light through the dramatization of a subject and show how light alone can transfigure an ordinary still life subject into something beautiful or tender.
“I get lost in the choices and the beauty of balancing still life arrangements. When I have finished arranging a facility, I sit down and take a long moment just to savor its stillness, ”she said.
Born in Saskatchewan and raised on the Prairies, Bone is deeply influenced by the elements of nature. As far back as she can remember, she has been drawn to the still lifes of the Old Masters and says “they speak to me on a deeply emotional level. His inspiration comes from seeing shades of light and shadow.
The Oak Bay Gallery also highlights the work of Bi Yuan Cheng. Born in 1957 and raised in Jinan, China, Cheng began practicing the art at the age of five. At 11, he spent a decade under the guidance of one of China’s most prestigious art teachers, who developed the young artist’s already considerable skills in oil and watercolor.
In 1983, Cheng graduated magna cum laude from ZiangXi Art University. Many of his works are exhibited at the university’s art museum, and in 1987 he was awarded the title of Chinese master of art. Two years later, he was accepted into the prestigious Chinese Encyclopedia of Art.
Cheng immigrated to Canada in 1990 and continues to capture the beauty of the Canadian landscape with a calligraphic brush, a mastery of light and a refined use of color.
Visit theavenuegallery.com to learn more.
Join Val Lawton, professor of sketching and watercolor at the Bateman Foundation, for a field sketching class in ink and watercolor. Previous experience in basic drawing would be an asset but not required. Boldly sketch natural subjects on the ground using ink and add a splash of color to your designs. And vice versa, boldly paint natural subjects on the ground using watercolors and add detail and interest in ink. It will be a fun and practical workshop.
The session costs $ 45 and takes place on November 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit batemanfoundation.org for details.