September 23rd - October 7th at Wall Space Gallery Westboro
Meet the artist: September 23, 1-3 PM
David Lidbetter developed an early appreciation for the Canadian wilderness. Highly collected and sought after, Lidbetter's bold yet subtle paintings have been described as "contemporary feeling Group of Seven scenes pared down to their essentials [...] mood seems more important than the actual details of forests, rivers and skies."
After many years of exploring various media and subject matters, Lidbetter has spent the last ten years painting highly identifiable and unquestionably Canadian landscapes in oil. Lidbetter works close to his home and studio in Ottawa, Canada in areas like Temagami, Gatineau and Algonquin Park. Therefore, it is no coincidence that his work is reminiscent to the vistas explored by the landscape painters in the Group of Seven.
"The scenes that capture me are often the ones that would immediately be overlooked by others. Something usually catches my eye, such as a change of light or a strong contrast of colour shapes. I look for inspiration in what may be considered bleak and desolate landscapes. A blanket of winter snow with a single bare trees silhouetted against a cold grey sky. A band of translucent, pale orange light breaking through a dark storm cloud over a frozen lake or a single autumn leaf left hanging after the first winter storm provides endless possibilities for dramatic paintings. By looking past what one might consider the more conventional beauty of nature, I attempt to illuminate the unexpected," David Lidbetter.
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