Lyse Lemieux, Wall Drawing 3, 2014, felted wool, fabric, foamcore, buttons, pushpins. Photo: Scott Massey.
For over two decades the work of Vancouver artist Lyse Lemieux has balanced between representation and abstraction while still maintaining a relationship to the human figure. Body references emerge through her use of fabric such as cloth swatches that combine in her drawing with ink. The pleated school uniform remains a significant motif that continues to appear in her works.
For this exhibition an earlier body of Lemieux’s work will be shown as well as new, large wall drawings made from wool felt created specifically for the exhibition space. These works are largely derived from the small scale drawings found in Lemieux’s sketchbooks. Over the last 15 years Lemieux has drawn, painted and collaged in dozens of smaller format sketchbooks and a selection of these will be displayed illuminating the intuitive, conceptual development of her ideas and impulses.
Rick Leong, Hidden Hunger, oil on canvas, 72 x 62 in. Photo: Jeremy Herndl.
Victoria-based artist Rick Leong explores traditional imagery and symbols influenced by classical Chinese painting and the Canadian landscape. Leong, Canadian-born of Chinese descent, will be exhibiting with a selected group of local immigrant artists whose use of traditional imagery will be in dialogue with Leong’s iconography.
Leong obtained his MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, 2007). In 2008, he was a finalist in the Royal Bank of Canada's Painting Competition). His work is collected widely across Canada, including the collections of the ALDO Group, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Rick Leong is represented by Parisian Laundry in Montreal, QC.