January 20 to March 18, 2018
Gary Pearson, Anna’s Piano Bar and Smoking Room, 2011, oil and oil enamel on canvas, 203 x 193 cm. Collection of the artist.
Short Fictions attends to the marked and fascinating evolution of Gary Pearson’s painting over the decades he has worked as a professional artist. The Kelowna-based artist works largely in painting and drawing, with a strong graphic sensibility and a stark, spare, linear style. This exhibition will feature a focused selection of works on paper and canvas from the last fifteen years, providing the opportunity to examine and reflect upon his mature work. With a few exceptions, Pearson has chosen not to paint the bucolic landscape and light of the Okanagan Valley where he lives and, instead, explores urban spaces and the everyday through a purposefully crude and repetitive style, drawing subjects and themes primarily from things seen and experienced while travelling.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour publication with critical examinations of Pearson’s work.
Artist’s Tour & Talk, 6 pm, Opening Reception, 7 to 9 pm
Friday, January 19, 2018
This event is held in conjunction with the opening for GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites.This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.