This is a new feature for our gallery. Today I will consider the importance of scale in artwork, and what happens when artists shift out of their comfort zone regarding size.
Watch for more writing about art and artists every two to three weeks. The next edition will talk about a new series of etchings by Dan Steeves that recently had their debut at the Confederation Centre For The Arts.
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Scale is an important consideration for artists. Particulars of content, style and application push artists to make critical decisions concerning the size of a work. In many cases the size of an artwork can be a significant determinant of its success or its failure.
Many of our best contemporary artists tend to prefer large surfaces, or perhaps it would be more correct to say that the nature of their work is demanding of a certain size. Sometimes I like to challenge artists to work in a different way, in this case to translate what they do into smaller windows. The results can be quite rewarding.
Below I provide a number of examples where artists have made the leap, with highly successful results. This is often an equally happy result for the buyer. The reduced size usually means a price that is more aligned with modest art budgets.
A Mathieson narrative makes the successful transition.
Artist Paul Mathieson has developed a strong regional following over the past three decades. His works are quickly snapped up by public and private collectors alike. For those Mathieson fans with smaller budgets his latest work provides an opportunity to acquire a strong piece by one of New Brunswick”s best artists at a terrific price. I believe the power of his narritive has lost nothing in translation.
Paul Mathieson, Torn and Frayed, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″.
Amber Young looks at winter using a smaller canvas
Those familiar with Amber”s work in recent years, her Pond Reflection Series and her Silver Pond Series, know the sensual lines and the delicate layerings of colour and light to be found in her large lush canvases.
These new meditations on winter come to us in smaller sizes. The content lacks nothing and her execution is as strong as that found in her larger works. These paintings illustrate her strong control of the medium, yet also reflect the expressive energy found in the previous series.
Amber Young, Winter Series #1, kasino oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″
Although these two paintings by Amber Young are not extremely small, they are small compared to her previous pond paintings. Below is the second work in this series.
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To say that Deanna Musgrave is inclined towards large paintings is an understatement. Recently the Beaverbrook Art Gallery acquired a painting by Deanna that measures 4 by 8 feet. Another recent work, a masterful installation piece, Tropos (2011), demands a room onto itself. Consisting of twelve painted panels, each 4 by 8 feet, this is an artwork that you walk into, quite literally.
It is a pleasure to include these three extremely small works by Deanna in this exhibition.
Deanna Musgrave, grey Eye, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″
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Deanna Musgrave, Frills, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″
Deanna Musgrave, Still, acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12″
Herzl Kashetsky”s small studies are powerful reminders
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Herzl Kashetsky is a noted Canadian painter, a cherished New Brunswick artist and an institution in Saint John. During the past four decades Herzl has produced a remarkable body of work. His portraits, city views and still life works are much sought after and command strong prices. It is always a pleasure when smaller, less pricey works by Herzl become available. This exhibition features three particularly strong pieces that reflect the qualities found in the much larger paintings.
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Herzl Kashetsky, Raindrops, acrylic on panel, 9″ x 9″
Herzl Kashetsky, Cardboard Box, watercolour, 14″ x 11″
Herzl Kashetsky, Cloud at Sunset, acrylic on board, 4″ x 6″
A strong trio from the Belgium Series
Mathieu Leger”s first exhibition with the Peter Buckland Gallery was with his GKB Series in 2010. That series of photographs, shot from a moving train in Austria, were refreshingly unique and extremely beautiful. As a series it met with both critical and commercial success.
For our small works exhibition, Mathieu has submitted a stunning trio of small images from his Belgium Series. While each of these photographs stands as a strong individual work, I am including a shot of the three together as they play off one another so well.
Mathieu Leger: The Belgium Trio
Mathieu Leger, #0861 from the Belgium Series
Mathieu Leger, #1061 from the Belgium Series
Mathieu Leger, #0831 from the Belgium Series
This exhibition will remain up at the gallery until April 6. Drop in on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to view some great smaller works by some of New Brunswick”s top artists.
Other Featured Artists:
CATHY ROSS, DAN STEEVES, NANCY KING SCHOFIELD, ALEX SCHOFIELD, ROMEO SAVOIE, NATHAN CANN, DAVID UMHOLTZ, SUZANNE HILL, JANICE WRIGHT CHENEY, TOBY GRASER, KATHY HOOPER, STEPHEN SCOTT, JAMES WILSON, ELIZABETH GRANT, CHRISTINE KOCH, RAYMOND MARTIN, ANGEL GOMEZ, COLIN SMITH.
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