Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nanaimo Arts Council November Show

A Gesture of Pears
by: Carla Stein


The Feature Show at the Nanaimo Arts Council for November is called “A Gesture of Pears”. It is an acrylic series by Nanaimo painter Carla Stein.

Partly social commentary, partly emotional expose, and full of tongue-in-cheek humour, Carla Stein’s new acrylic series, “A Gesture of Pears”, explores body language, the unspoken component of human communication. Each painting uses pears as stand-ins for human subjects and looks at postures which suggest emotions such as love, pride, envy, and suspicion. The pieces, all on stretched canvas, are hallmarked by intense color and bold brushwork. Some pieces also incorporate palette knife work and sgraffito (scratching into the paint.)
“I chose to use various varieties of pears in order to keep the focus on movement and gesture rather than on personality. Pears have versatile shapes and contours. I think that’s one of the reasons many artists have chosen to paint them. They can also be very sexy, without being sexual. I have an affinity for surrealism and fantasy, so it was fun to create compositions with fruit that moved away from traditional still life.”

 Carla was born in Chicago, Illinois and immigrated to Ontario in 1975. She has lived in four different Canadian provinces and currently resides with her family in Nanaimo, B.C. Her art career includes a Diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. She works in a number of mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel.

The show will be hanging at the Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre Mall, near Sears, from November 1st until the end of the month. Opening reception is Thursday November 10th from 7pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome.

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