On the Canvas: Colour, texture feel familiar as details blur

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Jamie Jardine, the London painter known for his landscapes dotted with giant robots and flying saucers, has been moving in a more abstract direction the last few years. The resulting images, plus works by painter Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, are the focus of a new exhibition at Westland Gallery.

Colour figures largely in the work of both painters.

Prairie, by Jamie Jardine, is an abstract work incorporating natural colours to evoke a feeling of the prairies. In much of Thomas’s collection, such as Rain over Hyde Park, saturated colour is used to emphasize glorious skies or lush meadows,” the gallery said in a statement.

Jardine is a graduate of the fine arts program at Fanshawe College, while Thomas holds an honours bachelor’s degree of fine arts from York University.

“For both artists, this exhibition is about free expression in terms of materials and technique,” said Danielle Hoevenaars, associate director at Westland Gallery. “The materials take centre stage here and elements like colour, texture, composition and mark-­making take precedence over detail and representation. The variability of nature makes it the perfect subject for paintings that give free reign to intuition while still feeling familiar.”

Both artists “find inspiration every­where; dramatic, sweeping landscapes, shimmering lakes or simply a grassy ditch beside the road on the way home. They may paint from images, memory or imagination,” she said.


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What: Reminiscent of a Place, an exhibition of paintings by London artists Jamie Jardine and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas

When: Until Sept. 9; reception Thursday at 7 p.m.; artist talk Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

Where: Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Rd.

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