Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase

Exhibition of new acquisitions at the Anna Leonowen's gallery in Halifax on Sept. 26. 2022

I'm delighted to let you know about the recent purchase of my painting "Neon Night Sky" by the Nova Scotia Art Bank, to be included in their collection.

My painting is in very good company, and I'm looking forward to viewing all of the new Art Bank acquisitions at the opening reception of the exhibition at the Anna Leonowen's Gallery in Halifax, on Monday, September 26th,  5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Congrats to all the artists!

If you're in the area, I hope you can come....it'd be great to see you.

 

"Quarry Swimmers" 2022   36" X 36"  Oil on birch panel

"Quarry Swimmers" 2022 36" X 36" Oil on birch panel

ARTS Nova Scotia "Creation Grant" awarded in 2022 

February 17, 2022

I recently received the very good news that I have been awarded an Arts NS “Creation Grant”, which will help fund the creation of my next series of paintings entitled “Ruptured Landscapes”. 

Ten paintings will be created between April 1st and Nov. 1st, 2022, exploring the relationships between humans and the fragile environment we live in, a world threatened by systematic disintegration and devastation. 

Environmental concerns are a focus in my current practice. My most recent paintings explore and speak to climate and environmental change, particularly on oceans and shorelines: the sea level is rising, waters are warming, storms are intensifying, lives and communities are at risk. 

Conjured partly from memory, partly from my own photo references, the figures in my paintings uneasily inhabit places that I have explored in the past and present, with a focus on their relationship to bodies of water. 

Many thanks to Arts NS for this grant!

Eva's Blog

January 2022

Happy 2022 to you! I hope you had a relaxing holiday and that the new year brings peace, happiness and good health. 

I have exciting news! I will be having a solo exhibition of my new painting series, "Splendid Isolation", at the Elora Centre of the Arts this summer, from May 26th until July 24th in 2022. 

"Splendid Isolation" is a series of paintings created in my studios in Elmira, ON and Bear River, N.S., from 2020 to 2021, exploring themes of isolation and transience during the surreal time of a global pandemic, unveiling the beauty that arises from creating in solitude. 

I'm very pleased to be exhibiting it in Ontario this year, particularly since this series was funded by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.  Many thanks to the RWAF for funding this project! 

I'm delighted to be showing my work in this beautiful gallery space. The last time I showed my work there ("Solas agus Scath" in 2009) it was a great experience in every way. 

The opening reception for "Splendid Isolation" will likely be on Saturday, May 28th and there will be live music--a traditional Irish music sessions with fiddlers, tin whistlers, mandolin players, concertina players, guitarists, and tenor banjo players!

There will be a full colour catalogue printed to document the show. (Please let me know if you'd like a digital copy if you're unable to attend the exhibition, and I will send it to you.) 

If you're in Ontario, I hope you can come! It'd be lovely to see you. 

As some of you know, "Splendid Isolation" was recently shown in the beautiful main gallery at ARTsPLACE from April 24 to July 31st, 2021, in Annapolis Royal, N.S. 

Big thanks also to the Canada Council for their financial support, and to Sophie Paskins of ARTsPLACE Gallery in Annapolis Royal. 

I hope to see some of you in Elora this summer! 

Take care and I hope our paths cross soon :) 

 

Eva's BLog

Splendid Isolation 

January 2021 

Splendid Isolation is a series of new oil paintings exploring themes of isolation, uncertainty and transience during the strange and surreal time of a global pandemic. This project was funded by a grant, awarded in 2019, by the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund. 

There are 12 paintings in this series, ranging in size from 20" X 20" to 48" X 60".  

The paintings are mostly night scenes, both urban and rural, and inhabited by solitary figures that are dissolving, shifting and not very tangible.  Even the ground is shifting beneath their feet. They inhabit places that I have been in the past. There is a loose narrative being created in the paintings, unresolved and open ended. The narrative is deliberately unresolved, to convey the feeling of uncertainty and unpredictability, with everything in flux. The paintings are night paintings-- a liminal and solitary time. 

Like most artists, I am accustomed to working in isolation, however, this time of the pandemic has created an increased intensity of experience that is having a profound influence on my painting process. As the daily tragedy of this pandemic continues, my studio feels, even more than usual, like a place of urgency and regeneration….a bit of a sanctuary.  I've been very fortunate to have access to my studio and continue my work. I have been using this time like a residency. 

 There is fear in the air, and uncertainty clings to every interaction. What was familiar and predictable is no longer so. The COVID-19 pandemic has already deeply disrupted our social and cultural structures and wrought unimaginable damage on the global economy. Everything is in flux. Commerce has come to a grinding halt as restaurants, bars, universities, day cares, public schools, cinemas, hair salons and art museums are shuttered. The great financial insecurity and strain around the world is palpable as people lose their jobs, and as self-employed artists lose their gigs.  The paintings that I am working on reflect this uncertainty and intensity, and the act of exhibiting a series of paintings online as they evolve, through varying stages, adds to communicating the feeling of unpredictable transition and fluctuation. 

I have been using a combination of printmaking and painting techniques when executing my paintings--i.e. when I create my monotypes I use a reductive approach, by pulling away dark ink with my fingers to create light and reveal form. I’ve been using a similar process in my paintings which creates imagery that mysteriously emerges in a haptic and liminal way. 

This way of working is conducive to creating a powerful feeling of light, created by strong tonal and colour contrasts: acrid greens and yellows, purples and saturated reds. 

This is a pivotal time for my painting, as a result of the time and space that has been given to me as a result of the lock down, and the resulting focus I am able to bring to my work, to explore new ways of working with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency. 

The overriding sense of insecurity and apprehension is tangible, and I feel compelled to express that in my work. Yet there is also a sense that the pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity for deepening creativity and human connections.  Beauty is being spun from bleakness during this time of transition.

McCauley's Lament   

This tune is called "McCauley's Lament", which  I composed after my father died in March 2013. 

 I am playing the tune on a 30 button Anglo Concertina made by Juergen Suttner. 

It was originally recorded on a CD called "Ceol Cara", a compilation of tunes celebrating Riverside Celtic College, released in 2013. I am  accompanied by guitarist Graeme McGillivray and fiddler James Law, with mixing and mastering by Jacob McCauley, all three of the band NUA. (trionua.com) 

The tune was used as a soundtrack on my video "Splendid Isolation", documenting a suite of 12 paintings body I created in 2020.