Please join Fraser Brinsmead on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the West End Gallery for an evening preview of his upcoming exhibition, "Urban Edges". Fraser will be in attendance between 5 and 8 PM. Mr. Brinsmead will also be in attendance at the gallery on Saturday, May 3, 2014 between 1 and 4 PM.
This second solo exhibition at the West End Gallery continues to explore the city landscape. In his travels to cities across North America and the world, he finds a never-ending well of inspiration and creative diversity he has only begun to explore. This exhibition features work that focuses on the edges and layers of urban life, as exhibited in paintings such as “Mona” and “Shooting the Gap”. In these paintings, he highlights the overlooked service alleyways, with only thin sidewalks and passersby linking the retail shops beyond the frame. In paintings such as “8Th Avenue Crosswalk” and “Liberty”, Fraser vividly portrays layered buildings, signs, bridges, and sculptures arrayed along the streets and waterways. These objects recede into the distance as a series of planes and abstract forms. Seemingly the city goes on forever.
At night, these layers become points and planes of light. Car headlights, illuminated store windows, street lights, floodlit buildings and shimmering reflections transform the city into a magical otherworld as illustrated in “Grand Central Station” or “Opening Night on 5th Avenue”.
Fraser continues to paint the city from the viewpoint of a traveler. The viewer is on the ground and is experiencing the scene as if he or she was an active participant. It’s easy to feel yourself moving through “The Long and Winding Road”. These canvases have an expanded field of vision, encouraging the viewer to explore the scene and discover what lies at the edges.