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Clo Campbell "Fleurs en folie N.30" 40x36

Spotlight on 5 Canadian Artists You Should Know!

Discover urban themes, abstract encaustics, energetic florals, sensual still lifes, and so much more, as we put the spotlight on 5 Canadian artists, represented by Latitude Art Gallery, who have made an impact on the arts in Canada.

1. David Tycho’s dynamic urban abstracts

David Tycho, a Vancouver-based artist, began his artistic expression by painting in a number of Modernist styles until moving to Asia in 1984. There he found inspiration in Japanese art, particularly the fluid, gestural brushwork that rendered illegible characters, ultimately leading to his exploration of abstraction. When Tycho returned to Asia in 2011, he was reacquainted with the dynamism of Tokyo and found his inspiration in urban themes and motifs that we see in his work today.

Tycho depicts built environments with movement and energy as he explores the paradoxical nature of living in large cities. Tycho's gritty urban scenes are full of vitality, coming to life through his expressionist style. Typically, a slivered light adds depth and contrast to his pieces, which have a noir sensibility, as if seen through the rain at night.

2. Transcendent figures by Marie-France Boisvert

Montreal-based painter and sculpture, Marie-France Boisvert creates illusive figures as she explores the notion of the human structure with an emotional investigation through space. Boisvert creates movement between body, self, and environment. The theme of transition is apparent in her work with the blur of vision and bursts of light and colour that cling to the surface of the canvas.

Boisvert questions contemporary notions of aesthetics, fashion and beauty, which is evident in her rendering of physical form through elongated legs that extend almost the length of the canvas. Traces of form are suspended in space, creating an impression of movement and flow between the background and shapes. Boisvert says that her work represents temporal segments; the present is not depicted in her work, only the past and mostly future matter as her figures transfer through the notion of space and time.

3. Lisa Kozokowsky’s encaustic landscapes

Local to Calgary, Lisa Kozokowsky is known for her ability to push the boundaries between the traditional and contemporary abstract landscape. Kozokowsky works with a combination of oils, metals and encaustics to create powerful works that float between contemporary and historic painting styles. Her visions are thick and atmospheric; full of colour and movement.

Kozokowsky portrays the Canadian landscape with an imaginative and rich technique. She has a way of depicting movement and depth with her uniquely “wild woman” style that represents our natural landscape in a powerful way. It easy to get lost in the layers and depth she creates on the canvas as she emulates the beauty of the Canadian terrain.

4. Vibrant florals by Clo Campbell

Painter Clo Campbell, is based in the Laurentians in Quebec. She works within a colouristic style, passionate about the abstract while sometimes adding a touch of semi-figurative art to her creations. Clo brings a sense of energy and vitality to her work through her use of colour and texture. The liveliness is evident in the way her paint strokes seem to move spontaneously across the canvas, with a life of their own.

When Clo begins a piece of work, she believes it lives purely in the present moment where creation intuitively takes shape. Using mostly acrylic and pastel as her medium of choice for the spontaneity they allow, she enjoys the use of bold colours as they give her absolute freedom. The vibrancy and emotion that is so apparent in Clo's work comes from her ability to paint freely from her soul.

5. Expressive still lifes by Gilles Charest

Born in Montreal, Gilles Charest finds expression in his personal vision of still life. His mastery of colour enables him to create brilliant, fundamentally sensual paintings where harmony transcends. Charest has the ability to breathe more life into his subjects than nature has, herself. Charest’s still life paintings of pears, apples, cherries and plums stretch well beyond mere familiarity, conveying a deeper sensuality and expressionism.

Charest demonstrates a remarkable talent for making colours sing, contrasted against a dark background with distinct curves and texture. The reflective nature brings life to his work as the fruit appear luminous, emerging from the darkness. Charest mixes his colours directly on the canvas to create richly hued and textured blends. Passion, sensuality, and human tenderness are themes evoked in Charest's uniquely expressive still lifes.

Lisa Kozokowsky "Clear day" 53x53

Gilles Charest "Soiree voluptueuse" 24x24

Marie-France Boisvert "Unbroken" 48x48

David Tycho "Urban composition in black, white and blue" 40x30