As some of you may know, I’ve worked with Arts Umbrella in the past as an instructor, on both their regular courses as well as their Buschlen Mowatt Teen Scholarship class. Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth ages 2 to 19, and every year, they hold an annual art auction and gala fundraising event. This year, I have donated a limited edition screenprint as part of their silent auction for their annual fundraiser, Splash. The print is currently on display at the Pendulum Gallery, in downtown Vancouver, along with the other artworks and pieces up for auction.
Check out the Splash Collection!
Splash Art Preview Exhibition | September 24 to October 5, 2012
Pendulum Gallery, 885 West Georgia Street
The auction itself is part of the gala event, which will be taking place on Saturday, October 13 at the CBC Building. For more information on the gala event and auction, or to purchase tickets, please visit the event’s website here.
Splash 2012: Defining Silence – Art Auction & Gala| Saturday, October 13, 2012
CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton Street
6:30pm on into the night
MC: Gloria Macarenko (co-host, CBC News Vancouver)
Last autumn, I spent 5 weeks at the Ox-Bow School of Art on an artist residency. It was such a wonderful experience, in a beautiful setting where I met some amazing people and had the time and space to focus on creating art. So when I was asked to donate a piece to their annual art auction, It Came From The Lagoon!, I was happy to support the cause – with proceeds going towards the programs and scholarships at Ox-Bow.
If you are in Chicago, I have donated a framed print for the auction, which is being held on February 24th. The print is an 8″x11″ version of “and it’s driving me mad”, my unicorn pattern & text print that you can read more about here.
For more information on the event and to see some of the other work that is going for auction, please visit their website.
I will be taking part in my first live auction coming up next week. I’m very excited as I’ve never had any work in an auction, let alone a live auction, so I’m not sure what to expect! The auction and event will be held at Maynards Fine Art & Antiques in Vancouver, in their beautiful new spacious showroom on Main Street. Maynards was the presenting sponsor for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s summer blockbuster show that has just closed, The Modern Woman.
Maynards auction is titled The Contemporary Woman and will be held on September 22nd, at 5:30pm (live auction starts at 6:15pm).
I will be auctioning three paintings – one portrait and two smaller paintings that will be auctioned as a pair – from my La Melodie de la Nostalgie series. These paintings were originally painted in 2005 for an exhibition titled Location/Locality when I was living in London, UK. The inspiration for the work, however, was my time in Paris, France in 2001. I was already interested in themes of nostalgia, and this series was unique in that it was my interpretation of someone else’s memories, or rather, how I hoped someone else remembered me during those times in Paris. The titles for each work place the event in a time and place and with a song lyric-like title – hence the title for the series, La Melodie de la Nostalgie, which translates into “The Melody of Nostalgia”.
A few of the paintings from this series sold while from the original exhibition, and the ones that are for auction are the ones that traveled back with me to Vancouver. It is hard to see in the photographs, but the paintings are done in both oil and acrylic. The portrait aspect is painted in thin layers of oil, so there is a transparent effect to it. These were meant to be “real” like photographs, whereas the backgrounds, which are the locate the events, were painted in acrylic interference paint. Acrylic interference paint are colourless, transparent paints made from titanium coated mica flakes and from afar they are lost in the background. On closer inspection, however, the colours have a metallic look and shift colour, depending on the viewing angel. The effect is very difficult to photograph, but appears similar to the colours displayed in an oil slick floating on water.
The backgrounds are fantasy like and surreal, floating in and out of view.
This painting, which will be part of the auction, is a self-portrait on the platform of the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Metro station in Paris – the tunnel and train tracks can be made out on the right of the painting with the “METRO” sign at the upper right.
These two paintings, which are being auctioned as a diptych, are a pair and meant to be hung one above the other. These were some of my first examples of pattern work finding their way into my art.
For more information on the auction, please visit the Maynards event listing. All the works will also be open for viewing this Saturday, September 18, at the Maynards showroom.