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August 28, 2018
Gary Pearson is an established British Columbian artist, recently retired from 25+ years with the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC. His work critically embeds references to visual culture and examines questions of our existence through narrative abstraction. Having Pearson’s work in the Gallery’s collection contributes to larger discussions about painting that are central to the current ethos of Canadian painting, as artists continue to redefine the medium. Influenced by his time living and working in Berlin and New York City in the 1990s, this painting evokes the particular time and essence of these urban situations, where intimate relationships play out in public spaces and existential musings permeate the stage-set-like setting, through which the artist has offered us (the spectator) a special view. This painting is representative of Pearson’s longstanding interest in the underbelly of human nature, focussing on melancholy protagonists and late night scenes in bars, vibrating with a tension between the narrative, the characters and the empty, yet richly painted, spaces within the composition. At a time when we are unable to gather in small spaces, this work has particular resonance.
Anna’s Piano Bar and Smoking Room, 2011
oil and oil enamel on canvas
203 x 193 cm
Collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, gift of the Artist
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