Alex Livingston’s new series FLOWERS expands on themes from his earlier paintings: flower and botanical motifs; dualities of representation and abstraction, natural and human made, “naturalia” and artificialia”; and reference to specific art historical sources and styles. Whereas Livingston’s paintings of the 1980s and 1990s referenced celtic illumination, botanical illustration and 17th century woodcuts, his new work combines painterly still life with futuristic, digital flora. The result creates an unusual visual experience.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Livingston received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.
artist name: Alex Livingston
title of work: Flowers and Vase
media: chromira print on di-bond
photo credit: Alex Livingston
Janice Leonard’s work continues her fascination with a place where her roots and history permanently reside. The land still has that atmosphere and a sense of timelessness that she never loses.
In this series she is looking at the surrealism of an era when technology produces immediate references to an unending natural environment.
Leonard still uses sketches and notes as a primary reference, but now her iPhone camera has become an essential tool as well. The photos are tagged geographically as “Annapolis Subd. B” an ironically clinical description of a place named “paradise”.
Janice Leonard, Paradise, 8:16 p.m., Last night before I head home, acrylic on canvas, 2016
Maja Padrov’s recent work is about exploring sculptural possibilities of teapots and other spouted pouring vessels. Their function is sometimes emphasized and sometimes concealed, aiming for intuitive connections of the elements and overall visual balance of the finished piece. The inspiration for these pieces came from different everyday objects. Padrov is interested in the metaphor for containment and also the possibility of function that ‘might follow the form’.
Maja Padrov, Untitled Vessel, ceramic, 2016