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A new era for the Tumbleweed Collective…
Thank you for visiting our first ever virtual gallery. Please enjoy these detail photos of the work our seven artists have created for our Renaissance. The gallery is open during our regular hours for locals to visit this work in person while following safe social distancing protocols!
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The Renaissance immediately invokes thoughts of a period of artistic renewal and transition. I have chosen to present all my pieces incorporating a Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban meaning burnt cedar wood. Out of fire springs renewal and hope. Covid could be compared to the Black Plague which marked the beginning of the Renaissance 13th to 16th century in Europe. My portrait of “Mona” is of course a reference to the Mona Lisa of that period. I ask that you take a moment to look at this beautiful Costa Rican woman. Her eyes have the wisdom of the ages, use your hand to first cover the right side of her face. You will like observe a soft smile or contented musing. Now do the opposite and cover the left side which reveals a much darker uneasy melancholy. With all of my art I try to tell a story or invite an emotional reaction. I’ll let you find those stories in the pieces here. Thank you for taking a moment to view my work!
Lyse Deselliers was born in Quebec City and obtained her DVM from the University of Montreal in 1989. While working as a veterinarian in Ottawa and then in Calgary, she continued to develop her skills as an artist, taking night classes at the Alberta College of Art and studying with Karen Swearengen.
Over the years, Lyse has developed a style that combines the use of negative painting, bright colours and a touch of the Group of Seven’s flair – a style that is unique to her as she likes to use a coloured underpaint, usually in red or orange tones. To this she adds bright colours to create her vibrant imagery. She focuses on the use of repetition with variation to create rhythm and movement in her paintings.
A few years ago, Lyse and her family moved to the Okanagan, a place tha provides her with an endless source of inspiration. She paints what she loves and what makes her soul sing.
I paint the world around me, but every once in a while the art just wanders in new and different directions. Like many things, you don’t see it coming or changing or the myriad of questions that 2020 brought us. Quarantined in my studio this is what happened this spring.
From the era of Madmen and pulled from a dumpster almost thirty years ago were my four new models. Landscapes were incapable of expressing the collective mood or the situation that this year brought; the mannequins would prove perfect. A series of photo shoots would follow.
As this series unfolded, one painting just followed the next and the scale got shook up as I continually made new stretchers to paint on. Painting transparencies over my subjects in different settings somehow summed up how we are all feeling. I call this series The Hedonists.
Jolene Mackie is an artist living and working in Kelowna BC. Through her work, Jolene aspires to tell the story of how her experience in this world feels through paint. The world has changed a lot this year, and as such, her work has shifted in response.
A small robot character has been showing up in many of her paintings over the last few years. This robot has pulled Jolene away from the earthly confines of her typical inspiration, and allows her to create imaginary dreamscapes for him to exist within. He seems to be constantly exploring or investigating his surroundings, which Jolene sees as a reflection of self. Additionally, the ambiguity of the robot character leaves room for viewers to relate to it in their own personal way, and bring their own stories to the work.
This body of work reflects inspiration from the simple things in life. We have been made to slow down a lot this year, and stay close to home – but that doesn’t mean that inspiration and beauty are any harder to find. Sometimes it’s important to take a break from our hectic schedules to truly appreciate the simple things in our world. By paying attention to the daily things we are surrounded by – like the colours in the sky, the texture of a tree bark, or the weeds growing out of pavement cracks…Jolene absorbs inspiration from the world around us to bring with her to the studio. Jolene then interprets the inspiration through her unique creative lens, and explores how to recreate the feeling of a moment.
My work is often joyful with lively colours and movement. Women and children take centre stage. They are often either holding hands or dancing. Red and its many varieties are special to me, and I am almost always compelled to use them in my art.
I like to keep a sketchbook handy for snippets of time, waiting in restaurants, travelling on the bus, or even standing in line at a cafe. Drawing was always my first love, long before I painted in watercolour or acrylic. I am drawn to creating and sketching images.
My inspiration comes from my memories. Maybe this is why my work is so layered and intertwined. I am always reviewing, and renewing my ideas and artworks. I am prompted to re-work, paint over and collage back into my work, until I am happy with the piece that emerges.