Best in Show!!

Me and “Navigation/Starlings & Stars”, which was awarded Best in Show at the OSA’s 139th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, “Darkness & Light”

I was absolutely thrilled to attend the reception of the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery last night, to learn my painting “Navigation/starlings & stars” (posted January 31) had been awarded Best in Show! This is the OSA’s 139th open juried show, and the title and theme of the show is “Darkness and Light”. With 300 some images to jury, I was delighted enough to have been one of the 39 artists selected.… but to have my work chosen as Best in Show…?! Well, I’m still reeling!

Navigation/Starlings & Stars, 16″ x 32″ encaustic, paper and oil on panel “Best in Show” SOLD

Images from TAP12

I’m Sending Birds to Watch Over You, 24″ x 48″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel SOLD
Washed Ashore, 40″ x 48″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Notices to Mariners, 42″ x 48″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Wandering Stars, 42″ x 48″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa
See the World Like a Bird, 12″ x 12″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Lost in the Lakes, 12″ x 12″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa
Watermusic, 12″ x 12″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa
Treasure Map, 12″ x 12″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Waterline 2, 12″ x 12″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Waterline, 20″ x 60″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
To Away, 20″ x 60″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel SOLD
This Must Be the Place, 24″ x 50″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Petroff Gallery, Toronto
Map 30, 16″ x 16″ encaustic, oil and paper on panel, available at Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa
A shot of the booth set up, just before show opening
Another shot of the booth

New Paintings

Small Craft Warning, 36″ x 48″ encaustic, oil and paper on wood, available at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton
Surfacing #1, 30″ x 30″ encaustic, oil and paper on wood, available at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton
Surfacing #2, 30″ x 30″ encaustic, oil and paper on wood, available at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton

Small Craft Warning, Surfacing #1 and Surfacing #2  are available at Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton.

Watershed

Watershed is the painting I contributed to the exhibition “Heroes: Real, Fictional and Close to Home” at MJG Gallery, 555 Parliament St. Toronto.

Watershed, 30″ x 70″ encaustic, oil and paper on wood panel SOLD

Watershed” is a tribute to Lake Ontario and specifically to the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper; in my view, a heroic organization. Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a Canadian charitable organization, works towards a swimmable, drinkable, fishable lake, and endeavors to protect and celebrate the Lake Ontario watershed.
When Mark presented the theme of “Heroes” I was delighted to arrive at this concept of combining the maps and symbols that I am currently obsessed with, along with the heroic efforts of working to heal and preserve this significant and beautiful body of water, which has been an influence on my life in so many ways. This painting juxtaposes a map-like representation of the lake and its related lakes and rivers, with symbols and abstracted areas of colour and texture, suggestive of the history, topography and navigation associated with the lake.
Part of my painting process is the search for a story; each piece suggests and reveals a story as I work, which in turn guides the direction of the piece. In the painted story of “Watershed”, the lake and its tributaries are the hero.

Three 8″ x 8″ encaustic paintings for Mistletoe Magic

Navigational chart #4, 8″ x 8″ encaustic and oil SOLD
Navigational chart #5, 8″ x 8″ encaustic and oil SOLD
Navigational chart #6, 8″ x 8″ encaustic and oil SOLD

These three paintings are at the John B. Aird Gallery until Thursday December 1, when the Aird’s annual festive Mistletoe Magic silent auction, and fundraiser reception takes place. The reception, Thursday Dec. 1, is from 6 to 9 pm. The Aird Gallery is at 900 Bay Street, in the Macdonald Block (Bay and Wellesley) Work is available for purchase from now until Dec 1.

Encaustic demonstration November 9th at MJG Gallery

On Wednesday November 9th, I will be giving a talk and demonstration on encaustic painting at the MJG Gallery in Toronto. I will talk about the history of encaustic;  about my technique and what motivates my artistic practice. For those curious or interested in the technique, this would be a great way to get an understanding of encaustic painting.  MJG Gallery is located at 555 Parliament St. The event runs from 7 to 10 pm. This event is is a limited to 20 people so please RSVP — $20 per person. To RSVP, please contact Mark Gleberzon at the MJG Gallery, 416.923.4031, or markaloo@yahoo.com.        
Or please feel free to contact me.

Soundings #1 12″ x 12″ encaustic and oil on wood panel SOLD
Soundings #2 12″ x 12″ encaustic and oil on wood panel SOLD

 

New paintings

 

Lake Effect, 24″ x 40″, is a set of 15 8″ x 8″ encaustic tiles, inspired by Lake Ontario, available at XC Art Restorations, Toronto
Topographic, 24″ x 52″ triptych, encaustic, oil, image transfer on wood, available at XC Art Restorations, Toronto

This painting, “Topographic” is very much about the land with its combination of a traditional landscape in the centre panel and a specific topographical geography suggested in the outer panels. The appearance, uses and meanings of maps have always fascinated me, and I’m very excited to have found a means of incorporating them into my work. In the outer panels of this painting, I had a sense of being geologist, explorer and archeologist in one; excavating through dense layers of opaque and translucent wax to discover or reveal lakes and rivers; and in the centre, depicting the nascent scene for future navigators.…

Pocahontas, 20″ x 20″ encaustic, oil and image transfer on wood, available at XC Art Restorations, Toronto

Pocahontas” was inspired by the Neil Young song of the same name, the lyrics of which I’ve hand written, and hidden under layers and layers of wax. Barely discernible, but present, nevertheless. While creating this painting, I thought of the traditional native American sense of respect and unity with the land, and its contrast with the common need to control, maintain and delineate.