Laura Culic and Dan Ryan find commonality through their subject matter of wild Canadian landscapes. Using unique mixtures of oil and wax for Culic, and oil and tar for Ryan, both artists mimic a sense of openness, roughness, and verisimilitude to nature in their work. Through their use of palpable textures and uninhibited brushstrokes, these artists transport us to exciting and dynamic landscapes that remind us of a “Back Country” that is resistant to temperance.
Laura Culic’s inspiration is principally drawn from her admiration and love for Northern Ontario’s wilderness. Laura’s deep respect and dedication to environmental conservation is translated through her awe-inspiring landscapes and the careful attention she places on each scene. Her deep, successive layers of rich encaustic paint entice viewers to emerge themselves within an irresistibly tactile world that is simultaneously both vast and intimate.
Dan Ryan’s approach to creating art is exemplified by the notion that, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Painting from an early age, Dan completely changed his views of landscapes when he moved to Baffin Island. This experience, paired with a successful background in illustration from Toronto, led to a solid foundation for his artistic practice. Dan’s ability to analyze the formal and sensorial qualities of a scene results in a fresh new perspective on landscapes – one that goes deeper and beyond the surface of a given place.
Please join us in welcoming the artists October 18th from 2 to 4 pm.