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Thu. October 12th 2017
Edging Forward: Art Opening Ann Dale , Nancyanne CowellThe Robert Bateman Centre (All Ages)
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Nancyanne Cowell

Contemporary Luminism from Victoria BC

original oil paintings and panels

From an early age, Nancyanne Cowell began painting our relationship with nature in the dynamic Canadian landscape. Embracing charismatic light, her atmospheric paintings sensuously straddle the built and natural worlds we live in — providing viewers with a rich introspective experience. With sweeping textures and soft energetic passages, Cowell’s powerful and luminous paintings emphasize how our existence is inherently linked to nature. Her work ultimately illuminates the beauty of this relationship. An accomplished contemporary artist, a series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world. Enjoyed by many, her artwork is collected. Creating leading-edge exhibits, her artwork is granted curatorial interpretation through The Robert Bateman Centre, a public gallery in British Columbia. Other artwork is held in private and corporate collections.

BFA (Hon) (Distinct), MBA, LFC, Award of Distinction for painting, University of Victoria; Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

"Creating in the 21st century, at a time when technology, our culture and our physical world are changing at rapid speed, I explore the bond between people and the powerful elements of my country: the weather, oceans, seasons and the vitality of the light that connects them. Painting beyond the conventional 'landscape', my brushes find moments of wonder expressing our interconnection with nature. Molded by the word, the process of painting is significant to my work. Each painting begins with a title from a place I have experienced and the poetic quality guides how I respond. Using bees wax, I preserve bits and pieces of nature that reminds me of the textural energy of the land. When I paint, the emotion of Romanticism and the movement of Impressionism art, appeal to my inner senses. Yet, it is the aesthetic power of light that guides me to channel an artistic expression that speaks to my interest of place and belonging. It's where I go to feel the cusp of comfort and find something new. It sets my soul free. In order to sense the land, I go for long walks. Canvases come alive when I embrace the clouds, breathe the light, feel the fog or anger of a storm. My heart belongs to the sky. Appreciating the reverence, I paint from that mystery." - Nancyanne

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