March 7 - 27 . 2013
Opening reception with Sean Yelland: Thursday, March 7th
from 5pm to 8pm.
Themes virtually grow and present themselves, resulting in paintings that evolve.
As the urban landscape continually changes around us -- gentrification, urban renewal and community revival have become lively topics of conversation. Always drawing inspiration from his immediate surroundings, Sean Yelland
, a modern day chronicler of the urban, takes us on a walking tour of the streets of the city he knows and loves. Yelland looks above, below and all around as he strolls the streets. Through pattern, shadows and dramatic compositions, Yelland documents the change, status and decay of the city in all its common beauty.This artist's paintings verge on photo-realism, but their painterly qualities and skewed points of view are as unsettling as they are thrilling
. -Toronto Life, April 2011
"Despite environments that are often void of the human figure - character is never
overlooked. I enjoy the idea of an ongoing narrative and being able to capture a moment just before, or after, something larger has taken place. If figures are present, they are generally alone and involved within a singular moment. Use of light plays a major role in determining the emotional tone, and is the content when none seems readily apparent. I find over analysis on my part can inhibit an audience from forming their own understanding of the work, thus stunting the purpose of the art itself. After hours spent creating and meditating on a piece; what I see and get out of my work tends to be quite different from what others may bring to it. I usually work on one painting at a time, start to finish. This allows me to maintain my focus and intuitively I pick up on narratives that may reveal themselves."
Sean Yelland attended the Ontario College of Art & Design, graduating in 1989. Yelland has exhibited across Canada and was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize
in 2011. His works are found in numerous private and corporate collections and have been featured in Harper's Magazine, Toro, Enroute and Toronto Life. Sean Yelland lives and works in Toronto.
As with all exhibitions, should you not be able to attend -- please contact the gallery
for a copy of the Sean Yelland In Silence
catalogue and/or the artist's CV.