Welcome to the West End Gallery
Blending techniques from the impressionist school mixed with Group of Seven sensibilities, Rod Charlesworth’s splashes of bright colour perfectly describe the wild texture of the Canadian landscape. From Haida Gwaii to Peggy’s Cove and up to the Northwest Territories, Rod’s sensitivity for capturing the vast Canadian landscape is unparalleled. His work, whether bold landscapes or whimsical images of children at play, is now collected world-wide and he is more committed than ever to painting images that have a strong Canadian cultural influence.
"What initially inspired me to paint was how we all see the world differently. I wanted to strike my own visual language that could be used to portray the Canadian landscape in all of its rugged subtleties.” -Rod CharlesworthJoin us for the opening reception Saturday October 5th 1-4pm and Sunday October 6th 11am-4pm.
The West End Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Blu Smith opening on Saturday, October 19th from 1pm – 4pm. Blu regrets that he is unable to attend the opening reception.
Blu’s subject matter has strong ties to nature and uses organic shapes balanced with cavernous spaces that are filled with light and seem to glow with an atmospheric quality. Typically, Smith begins with broad washes and textures, pulling out and developing 3D shapes within the structures. Using drywall compound he builds up texture and afterwards attempts to resolve the surface with incisive line drawing.
"Abstraction is the vehicle. Color is the fuel. By intertwining these two, my paintings are crossing the border from a specific place to somewhere deep within my memories." –Blu Smith, 2019
Exhibition continues through October 31st, 2019. All pieces will be available at the gallery as of Wednesday, October 16 and are subject to pre-sale.