Update: Visit Christine Reimer & Krysia Gallien at Eclectic Gallery July 2 - July 30 2016
Artist Reception Saturday July 9, 3-5pm
Eclectic Gallery is located at 2170 Oak Bay Ave in Victoria
Hours Mon-Sat 10-5:30
Transition - Visceral Landscapes by Christine Reimer
at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, May 15-27, 2014.
Opening by invitation Thursday May 15, 5-8PM.
In the News!
Article by Robert Amos (May 18, Times Colonist) at http://www.timescolonist.com/1.1065027
Article by Christine van Reeuwyk (May 15,Vic News) http://www.vicnews.com/entertainment/259404401.html
Christine Reimer, BFA, DipEd, is an established Victoria artist, well known for her colourful landscapes. Reimer’s vibrant acrylic-on-canvas paintings sing with the rugged energy of interior and coastal BC and Alberta. Currently represented by several North American galleries, her paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. (Painting above right is an example.)
This new body of work marks a dramatic shift in subject matter and technique for the artist. Over the past five years, the artist has experienced a series of passages in her personal life, beginning with the death of her mother: “My ability to paint was curtailed and I felt very frustrated. It was also a period of reflection, reassessment and coming to terms with life, mortality and how to express this in a meaningful way in my art.”
In Visceral Landscapes, the artist uses the term “landscape” to suggest a physical environment - person, place or thing. The language of colour, line, texture and form articulates strong emotions from the inner realms (viscera) of heart, gut and imagination. “Creating this body of work has been cathartic,” she says. “In essence, I am finding a new voice.”
Christine invites guests at her exhibition to find personal meaning in the expressive and emotive imagery in the new series. Just like her landscapes, these works are enlivened by colour, texture and movement. Supported by family, friends, colleagues and collectors, Christine Reimer’s opening on May 15 was a great success. Some interviews with guests follow:
Ken Campbell is an established artist who teaches painting and drawing at his home studio and community centres. Looking around the gallery, he calls the paintings a suite of self-portraits, both energetic and evocative. “Christine has shown great courage with this series,” he says, “by following her muse and going off-script.”
Ken Campbell stands between Seeking Heat (on viewer’s left) and Love Letters from Home (Ukraine). Ken respects his colleague’s skill as a colourist. For Ken, “Seeking Heat” echoes the virtuosic abilites of abstract painter Neil Fujita (1921-2010). Whereas, in “Love Letter from Home” he sees references to the early cubist work of Juan Gris (1887-1927) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
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