Figurative and abstract artist Marion Evamy strives for a sense of history and mystery, of things revealed and concealed. Her tropically-coloured abstracts are often inspired by music, while her “fictional” portraits and figures consist of anything from a face with strong shadows to quirky figures. Evamy uses her initials as her signature – ME! – with the exclamation mark representing her philosophy that life should be lived as an exclamation, not an explanation.
Sculptor Birgit Piskor’s work in modified concrete is largely about transformation. She sees the potential for great beauty in change, where she captures that edge of transformation and the liminal space between. Piskor channels the essence of concrete into shapes and textures that defy its inherent rigidity, resulting in sensual, organic forms. Her works shift between arching female forms to striking geometric totems. Piskor’s works are held in private collections locally and internationally.
Using the simplest of line and shape, the subtlest shift of colour, abstract landscape artist Irma Soltonovich’s works evoke emotion, feeling and memory – a landscape of the imagination. Her distinct horizon line offers comfort and grounding, as well as a sense of belonging. Soltonovich grew up on a Saskatchewan farm, where the prairie is never just a background – it dominates. Blizzards, lightening storms and the overarching sky instil a feeling of freedom, limitless space and room to explore.
Landscape and figurative artist Arden Rose is a colourist at heart. Inspired by nature and the simple things that give joy, Rose’s works inject space with colour and a little sass, evoking a certain joie de vie, wonder and delight. With an economics degree from the University of Vicrtoria and an MBA from McMaster University, Rose is mostly self-taught as an artist. Inspired by Expressionism, Fauvism and Modigliani in particular, her paintings are sure to delight with her colour, whimsy and gentle humour.
Paula Callahan’s primal, sensual abstract works in acrylic and mixed media convey rhythm, movement and narrative in monochrome or an earthy, trichromatic palette. Her time spent as a field nurse in war zones in the Middle East and Africa in the 1990s with MSF is evident in her paintings. There, Callahan witnessed trauma, human suffering and environmental destruction. Her paintings reveal themselves as a movement from pain to reconciliation, or as a disassociated observer of place or events.
Traditional weaver and textile artist Fran Solar applies orthodox techniques to industrial materials, such as copper wire. Available in many colours, it is flexible, manipulatable and can be patinated. With freedom to design and improvise on the loom, Solar creates sculptural forms that do not have function but, rather, are beautiful objects with rich colours and texture. Transcending materials often associated with weight and rigidity, Solar creates forms that are tactile and flowing.
Balancing creativity between elemental layers and visual concepts, artist and fine arts photographer Stacey Bodnaruk communicates a story which leaves the viewer directed but not limited to the freedom of interpretation. She creates unique and meaningful photography that evokes emotion, blending multiple layers and original photos harmoniously intertwined to create a dreamlike narrative. Inspired by wildlife, surf breaks and old-growth forest, Bodnaruk’s works convey power and beauty.
German-Canadian artist Ira Hoffecker is an urban explorer who employs ideas of rebuilding, decay, covering and revealing in her painting practice. Hoffecker’s process of ‘covering’ is a metaphor for forgetting and suppressing the past, while her ‘revealing’ points to remembering and reconciling historic events. Adapting geometric shapes inherent in architecture, Hoffecker translates city atmospheres through shape, line and colour, marks that articulate the physicality of her work.
With a degree in urban planning, Graeme Masterton’s watercolour paintings convey his love of cities, places and architecture. Influenced by Realism and Gustave Courbet, the Impressionists Manet and Pissaro, and 18th c. landscape painter Canaletto, Masterton’s works capture light, movement and texture. Through travel, he seeks unique perspectives that have aspects of a building, but with life and light. Masterton is drawn to natural materials, such as brick, which provide a sense of time and history.