We’ve been keeping busy the last few months at Wall Space!, hosting new shows every 3 weeks on top of preparation for the holidays. Now that January is here, we can finally take a moment and some space on our walls to show off the latest works acquired by some of our new and esteemed artists!
Ahnert’s work made its Ottawa debut in August and quickly became a favourite among many of our clients. His combination of wit, dark humor, and realistic, lush oil subjects makes his paintings impossible to resist. Continuing his theme of anthropomorphism, Ahnert has brought us several more paintings consisting of cheeky narratives, fancily-dressed mammals, and boozy critters.
We have not witnessed any other artist who can paint back alleys as invitingly as Brian Harvey. His works capture the many little details of architecture and space, often overlooked in our day to day lives, which give that characteristic flavour to Ontario and Canadian cityscapes. Given how quickly homes were found for the last collection of paintings he showcased at Wall Space, we suggest that these works be snagged early, as they will undoubtedly leave our walls as fast as they have arrived.
McVittie’s works have the unfailing ability to spark lengthy conversations. Our latest acquisition from him, “Medusa”, can be admired for hours while offering the potential for a range of interpretations. McVittie adds his own spin to a theme deeply rooted in both mythology and art history with his distinctively retro style and a range of intriguing characters.
Industrial Designer Jodie Fletcher has brought us a series of new abstracts, ideal for the modern, design-savvy individual. These bold acrylic works have an edgy graphic, urban sensibility. Her inscribed textures imply a systematic approach, and give her canvases a minimalist, topographic feel.
We are always delighted to receive new photographic works from Joy Kardish, which transport the viewer to a nostalgic and romantic world. Kardish works and experiments with historic photographic techniques, as well as varied developing materials. Her latest series features simple objects – a velvet covered album, brass and crystal candlesticks – imbued with memory and executed in the soft pastel greys of an early 1900’s camera.
Once in a while we receive lovely ceramic works from Marney McDiarmid, but if you don’t visit the gallery quickly enough you might just miss them! Each piece is truly one of a kind. McDiarmid’s latest works feature enchanting layered sculptural elements. One vase evokes the frothy beauty of a beehive in motion, another bowl combines the textural richness of varied dotted surfaces with sweet but graphic florals. Each piece is a visual splendour from every angle.
From their current position on our feature wall at Wall Space Gallery Westboro, Sharon VanStarkenburg’s partially nude life-size queens confidently hold your gaze with the subtlety of many unanswered questions. A painter of visual storytelling, Van Starkenburg’s Apis Regina series shows maturation with each new work. Her newest pieces perhaps offer a glimpse into what we can expect for her show in September, details to be announced.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ottawa-based artist David Lidbetter to Wall Space Gallery. A seasoned artist with a distinctive palate and style, many gallery visitors have already recognized and enjoyed his work in our space. Lidbetter’s paired down views create an overarching atmosphere through strong sharp lines and the expert handling of tonal gradations.
We are also delighted to introduce Toronto artist Julie Himel to our growing roster of talented, regional artists. Himel has already garnered many admirers with her intensely coloured still lifes, taking simple items such as jam jars and sardines and boosting them to the status of rich gems and treasures. Himel’s daughter once told her, “You use a big brush and too much paint...”. The result is works that are lusciously agreeable in our eyes.
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Zarina Mail & Natalie Rathwell
Wall Space Gallery Team