ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Three painters demonstrate their unique approach to colour in the exhibition CHROMA at Visual Voice Gallery.
Geneviève Saumier's expressionist exploration of colour lives in the space between accident and control. Her works straddle the line between figuration and abstraction, focusing on superimposition, contrast, and balance. Saumier's energetic canvases vibrate with carefully chosen hues, allowing colour to to be the dominant force of each composition.
Melanie Matthews works with 'found colours' - colour palettes determined by the motifs and materials she sources for her mixed media artworks. Matthews searches for beauty in mundane objects: from the vintage fabrics she uses as the base strata of her work to the decorative flourishes and scientific illustrations the juxtaposes with portraits of classical beauty.
Bettina Forget allows the external forces of weather to control her choice of colour. In her series of works Monsoon and Weather Diaries she translated meteorological information into colour codes. The textures and transitions of colour in her abstract paintings are documents of rainfalls and dry spells, as well as deeply emotional responses to the moods evoked by weather.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born in Montreal, Geneviève Saumier completed her studies in Visual Arts at Concordia University and holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Montreal. She lives and works in Mexico City since 2004, where she teaches at the National School of Anthropology and History. Saumier has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Born in Montreal, Melanie Matthews studied painting and drawing at Dawson College and earned at BFA (with distinction) at Concordia University. She is the official working artist for the Province of Quebec for Golden Paints, splitting time between creating her own work and teaching art techniques to aspiring artists. Matthews has had several solo shows of her work, as well as exhibited in many group shows in Quebec, Ontario and abroad.
Bettina Forget is a visual artist living and working in Montreal, Quebec. Born in Germany, she has studied art at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England, at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Besides her work as an artist Forget also works as a gallerist and art reviewer. Her works have been exhibited internationally, and her works are in collections in Singapore, Great Britain, Germany, Nicaragua, Australia, the USA, and Canada.
March 29 - April 14, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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