Show dates: November 2 – 18, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, November 2, 5-7PM. Artist present.
WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to present transience, the latest solo exhibition by celebrated Canadian painter, David Lidbetter. This collection expands on Lidbetter’s established talents as a landscape painter, further demonstrating the artist’s expansive talents in capturing the quiet, transient nature of modern Canada.
Lidbetter commands the ephemeral complexities of the different vistas that make up our visual experience in Ontario and Quebec, whether inviting the viewer into the end-of-day hues which settle over a quiet dépaneur – inconspicuous yet integral beacons of rural and urban living in Quebec – or transfixing the viewer with swaths of snow against with vibrant skies. While fitting within the technical legacies of the Canadian Landscape Painter, Lidbetter sidesteps the predictability of classic palettes and agreeable rolling hills. His preferences is for scenes caught out of the corner of the eye, leading you toward the less worn path.
Through a use of contemporary shades and tight colour ranges, the artist establishes scenes that show their beauty through an absence of grandeur; exuding a whispered serenity.Lidbetter says of his work:
Woven into the design and abstraction is an even more important element. For me, my landscapes must have an emotional content. Feelings of isolation, solitude and quiet pervade in my works.I love the surprising natural sense of balance and design found in landscape. The line, the abstract space and fractured colour are what interest me most. After a few sketches and photographs I will return to my studio where I continue to strip down and fine tune the scene to its most minimalist composition.
The scenes in this collection have been inspired by areas in Ontario and Quebec, including Ottawa, Temagami, Meech Lake, Manitoulin Island, and Aylmer. Lidbetter’s introspective approach to composition allows them to be reminiscent of many areas outside of their namesakes. Each work induces the viewer to pause and take a breath. Works from this area have continued to impact viewers so much because Lidbetter understands the scenes that make one pause and take breath. Lidbetter captures this sense of awe through elemental design while still rendering a highly expressive and interpretive vision of the landscape itself. His use of light remains highly realistic, a hard-earned talent that arrests our gaze and paves the way for his more abstract and painterly brushwork.