Vancouver exhibitions. Depicting the character of a singular, mature bloom is the focus of Fifteen Minutes of Music, Jamie Evrard’s latest series of paintings at Bau-Xi Gallery.
The inspiration of this body of work is derived from a mixed bouquet Evrard found, as it was being discarded by a local grocer. Spending fifteen minutes relentlessly photographing the blooms, the artist sought to discover the subtle nuances of each stem and petal as they existed within a moment in time. Studies were then made out of the photographs which become the basis for the final canvases and works on panel.
“You learn a lot about your subjects when you begin small – the various emotions of the individual bloom shape and reshape themselves. It’s my job to capture with paint these intimate moments.”
Examining the studies and translating them into larger canvases enabled Evrard to depart from realism and paint with a full spectrum of colour. Using a palette of oil paints inherited from the late abstract artist, Enn Erisalu, Evrard introduced a new and different colour spectrum into her repertoire. “I began using colours I would never normally pick out” says Evrard of the Erisalu palette. These hues dictate Evrard’s artistic process, impelling her work into new and challenging places.
Vancouver exhibitions. ‘Fifteen Minutes of Music’ by Jamie Evrard. March 5 – 19, 2016.
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 5, 2-4pm. ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE.
About The Artist:
Jamie Evrard received a B.A. in Art and Anthropology from Brown University and an M.A. and M.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Evrard creates rich still life and floral paintings using oil paint, monotype and watercolours.
Her work is included in collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Vancouver Art Gallery, Seattle Arts Commission Public Works Collection, Government of BC, Ministry of Culture Art Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Simon Fraser University, Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, University of Victoria, The Claridge Collection, Montreal.