Traces dans le paysage/Traces in the Land, an exhibit presenting the art works of Lilian Bonin, Shaun Finnigan and Diane Whitehouse will open Aug. 24 at La Galerie du CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.
The collection by three Manitoba artists from different generations features works influenced by their perceptions of landscape and interconnected by physical and psychological associations with nature and those living in its midst.
"People could expect to reawaken, or awaken, the way that they experience the art of painting and their understanding of the natural world," said Finnigan, for whom creating art is an integral part of his identity, what with his mother being a video/installation artist, his aunt a painter, another aunt a ceramics artist, and his grandmother a painter.
The three contributing artists have a long-standing connection.
"We were present at the University of Manitoba during the mid-1990s, with Diane Whitehouse as our instructor. We have lived much of our lives in Winnipeg, and as a result share a friendship with each other and with others in the city’s arts community. Our works address the subject of interpreting local landscape through the medium of paint," added Finnigan.
The trio of artists has developed a generational dialogue which is informed by their experiences of nature.
"The link between us is the reverence for the land," said Bonin.
"Our engagement with nature differs and thus is conveyed differently in our works, but it is evident that we have a deep appreciation for the land. From large-scale paintings to smaller groupings of work, the ensemble of the oeuvre will engage the audience as it speaks to anyone who has contemplated one’s relationship to the natural world," Bonin added.
Painting is a passion for all three artists who have been painting for years.
"In my practice I seek the unexpected and value the process of discovery in art making. I collect fragments of humanity and nature over four continents and transform them into an interior landscape through painting and photography," Bonin explained.
Whitehouse is a co-founder of MAWA, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, and recipient of many awards. She utilizes her experience as a metaphor for a personal loss. Her series "Not Yet Quite Dark" furthers the exploration of paint through the structures of the prairies. In her mid-70s, she remains active in all facets of the artistic community.
Traces dans le paysage/Traces in the Land runs until Oct. 19. The opening is on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Refreshments and drinks are available for purchase at the bar. La Galerie du CCFM is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. More information at: http://ccfm.mb.ca/evenements/la-galerie/