Opening Reception: 17 October, 5 PM
Galerie Annexe, at the Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Ottawa artist Patrice Stanley.
EMPYREAN includes over 25 works from Stanley’s newest series of paintings on wood panel, canvas and Mylar. A mid-career artist, Ms. Stanley has a long exhibition history, starting in 1998 when she first showed with Artguise gallery on Bank Street. She then went on to show with notable Ottawa galleries such as the Dale Smith Gallery, Wall Space, Wallacks, as well as numerous galleries in Toronto and Montreal, and is now represented by Studio Sixty Six in the Glebe.
Ms. Stanley is a contemporary landscape painter; her work is fundamentally connected to “place”. Each series she has undertaken has derived from time spent away, mostly artists residencies, whereby site-specific influences imbue her work. She travels to places that inspire her to fully absorb and consider how to apply what she is experiencing, seeing, and learning to pictorial representation. Underlying themes in her work deal with transcendence, mortality, and the sublime. By distilling sometimes fleeting atmospheric conditions on panel, canvas, or Mylar, she intentionally moves the viewer; to have them focus upon the transcendent power of the land, to convey a subjective and highly emotional response to nature.
Having always been compelled by land and sky, Stanley follows the tradition of Canadian landscape painting but brings it into a contemporary context. What one sees in her work, depends on the viewer. It might be a spiritual connection, a fear of the unknown, the manifestation of a greater power or presence or the responsibilities of instigating climate rehabilitation and preservation. Collectively, her work affirms the heroic aspects of landscape painting. Stanley continues to conjure the spirits of post-war Abstract Expressionism and her heroes: the 19th century Romantic Landscape painters, Caspar David Friedrich, and especially J.W. M. Turner. It would seem Stanley is researching for those same transcendent themes exemplified in their work.