Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Oil Paintings by Denis Chiasson, Plus: Enter to Win!


Like other artists who were trained in graphic design, Denis Chiasson attaches great importance to composition. He begins his works by making a series of sketches or drawings. Once a sketch is chosen, Chiasson transposes the outline to the canvas which is progressively defined with the application of colour. What emerges is a painting whose subject is enhanced by strong, angular, intense lines. This meticulous process adds to his works a touch of perfectionism that is seldom seen elsewhere. His strong colours reveal an uncommon sensitivity, bringing forth touching images inhabited by a unique personal style.

Even in the midst of activity—playing music, painting, reading, skating, Chiasson’s subjects are in deep contemplation. In the world of increasingly hectic lives, Chiasson’s artwork contains within it an attempt to rest. His subjects juxtaposed against lively brushstrokes, reflect the viewers’ inner selves juxtaposed against the pressures of modern life.

But what is interesting and perhaps difficult about Chiasson’s work is the relationship between the viewer and subject. When one looks at a Chiasson, one looks into a private moment. We look but are not looked at. Viewers are voyeurs, their gazes active. Chiasson’s figures have a downward gaze and perpetually closed eyes. Perhaps the viewer is the intruder, comforter, or witness; perhaps the viewer is reflected back onto themselves, confronted with their own quietness.

New landscapes by Alberta-based artist Fraser Hine:

On Now: The Little Paintings Show!
From November 5th to the end of December 2016: new small paintings by gallery artists! Little paintings starting from $150 and up and a new collection of silver ammolite jewelry. Stop by to peruse our new works and shop for your holiday gifts.

PLUS: Enter to WIN one of three artworks

We are pleased to announce a draw for one of three paintings, in conjunction with our Little Paintings Show:

The Way West by Sheila Adams. Acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10" 
Nonchalant by Denis Chiasson. Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"
Siberian Iris by Mark Lubicz. Linoblock, 9" x 4.25"

Details: Simply stop by the gallery to view the Little Paintings Show from November 5 - December 17. Fill out the information sheet provided and enter it into the ballot box. We will choose three winners who will receive one of the three little paintings listed above. The winners will be contacted on December 18. 

Webster Galleries Inc.
812 11 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R0E5
Ph: 403.263.6500

Please note our new winter hours:
Hours: Tues-Wed 10-6. Thurs-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6, Sun & Mon Closed

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