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Nature Morte Vernissage

Sunday February 12th, 2012
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Featuring Katherine McNenly, Andrzej Maciejewski & John F. Marok, this show of contemporary artists presents a modernist take on the traditional genre of Nature Morte or Still Life.

These three artists working from different schools explore the concept of “still life” which typically depicts mostly inanimate subjects such as food, flowers, books, vases, etc. Their collective skills make for a show of lush colours and breathtaking attention to detail. 

Katherine McNenly is a classical oil painter from Almonte, Ontario. She pursued a classical education at the National Portrait Society, under the tutelage of John Angel, while attending the BFA program at York University, in the 1980’s. She then travelled to Florence, Italy to study at the atelier Cecil-Graves. Her paintings reflect  her dedication to balancing craftsmanship and expression, drawing influence and inspiration from old and new masters such as Chardin, Vermeer, Thayer and Wyeth.  Her work, including the still life and landscape genre, is held in private collections across Canada and the United States. Katherine is represented by the Cube Gallery in Ottawa and the Robert Macklin Gallery in Kingston, Ontario.

Andrzej Maciejewski was born in Warsaw, Poland and currently lives in Yarker, Ontario.  His photographs of still life pay homage to classical compositions and lighting, however, rather than bare fruit from the field, he leaves the stickers on the food - subtle traces of our globalized world and food distribution system. He studied at the Warsaw College of Photography, and later attended the Polish Society of Art Photographers School, then went on to work for the State Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1985 he immigrated to Canada, falling in love with “this country of open spaces, high skies and the sense of freedom that you can feel in the air.” Maciejewski has exhibited his works in Poland, Canada, US, UK, Germany, Finland and Uganda. He has received many awards, including Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council grants and his works may be found both in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.  

Abstract painter John F. Marok says he is constantly looking at the world around him, and “taking mental notes with my memory.”  After studying at  John Abbott College and Concordia University with a special emphasis on painting, he has been awarded grants from the Canada Council and from Quebec's ministère de la Culture, and completed research residencies in Europe and Canada. Montreal born, he now lives and maintains a full-time studio in Wakefield, Quebec.  John says: "Although I work within the traditional framework of still-life, figure and landscape, the more vital subjects of my paintings are colour, shape and the rhythms I create to give my paintings a unique and dynamic life-force.

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