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When it comes to his art, Kieran Valde has nowhere to hide — and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 19-year-old Windsor Park resident will hold his first solo art exhibition titled Reflection Refraction at the Edge Gallery, which is located at 611 Main St., between May 18 and 22. There will be an opening reception on May 18 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the exhibition will run during gallery hours.
"I’m very excited, it’s almost like a dream come true," Valde told The Lance in the run-up to the show. "As an artist, I need to do this, and I think creating a body of work I’m proud enough to submit for the show will push forward me to do other things. I’m extremely excited to see my work hanging up."
Having studied for a semester at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, the Collège Louis-Riel alumnus and self-taught artist decided he wanted to go his own way, have more control over his art and work towards having his own show. And while he is open to the idea of returning to art school in the future, Valde is now fully-focused on harnessing the burning desire within himself to create art. As well, for the last several years, Valde has been selling his art pieces, as well as doing commissioned work.
"For as long as I can remember, I have loved art. Now, I create out of necessity," Valde said, crediting his mother, Lynn, as being a big early influence on his artistic life.
"I feel an innate drive to express myself. As of late, the outcome of these feelings has been painting. I have been creating works that reflect my personal experiences, and more often than not, my work has deeply fed off my own neuroticism and my identity, to create imagery that is soothing to myself and my humanity. My work is honest, sometimes brutal or serene. This recent body of work aims to create a fragmented mirror of our own reality, like a superficial picture of life slashed by a sword of emotion. My paintings, therefore, are my world."
Valde — whose preferred medium is oils on canvas, although he occasionally draws on paper — said transparency is the key to maintaining the authenticity of the pieces he creates.
"I put all of myself into my work, and I don’t hide away from my insecurities. I figure the only way I’ll grow is to face them and understand them. Creating art is such a personal thing, and I’m pretty much opening myself up in my entirety to everyone. Being transparent is the key, and I think it will be liberating to have people come and see my work, and make me feel more connected to the world. The reception might be a bit overwhelming, but I’m going to put the focus on my artwork and not myself," he said.
Shortly after the exhibition is over, Valde will be visiting Berlin to check out the art scene, get inspired, and regroup after an intense period of creativity.
Go online at www.kieranvalde.com for more information about the artist.
Visit www.edgevillage.com to learn more about the gallery.
The Lance community journalist
Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.