A couple of artists I really like have new shows opening in Vancouver this week.
Anselmo Swan: New Paintings
at Gallery Jones, 1725 West Third Avenue
September 4 to 27, 2008
Swan creates ultra-realistic paintings of ice cream sandwiches, hostess cupcakes, krispy kreme mugs, cups of coffee, cupcakes and other such vices.
Julie Morstad: Touch Wood and Whistle
at Atelier Gallery, 2421 Granville Street
September 4 to 28, 2008
Morstad's delicately rendered lines and assured sense of colour evoke an eerie nostalgia as she channels illustrations from children's books and exposes their underlying darkness. She states that when creating her whimsically wicked ink and watercolour drawings, "hazy memories of childhood fuel much of my recent work, and the narratives of fairytales and folklore are ones that I have drawn upon repeatedly. Being a child of the age of the commoditized and marketable fairytale, my drawings reflect both an unabashed delight in the preciousness of this narrative as well as a conscious subversion of the same." - Atelier Gallery
Both galleries are hosting openings this Thursday, September 4, starting at 6pm.