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david lidbetter | transience


  • WALL SPACE GALLERY 358 Richmond Road Ottawa, ON, K2A 0E8 Canada (map)
  the lock , oil on canvas, 36” x 20”

the lock, oil on canvas, 36” x 20”

Show dates: November 2 - 18
Artist Reception: Friday, November 2, 5-7pm

WALL SPACE GALLERY is proud to announce transience, the solo exhibition by Canadian painter, David Lidbetter. This collection seeks to expand on Lidbetter’s established career as a landscape painter, further establishing the artist’s expansive talents in capturing the quiet and transient nature of modern Canada. 

Whether inviting the viewer into the end-of-day hues which settle over a quiet dépaneur - inconspicuous yet integral beacons of rural and urban living in central Canada - or transfixing the viewer with swaths of snow partnered with vibrant skies, Lidbetter commands the ephemeral complexities of the different vistas that make up our visual experience here in Ontario and Quebec. While fitting within the technical legacies of the “Canadian Landscape Painter”, Lidbetter sidesteps the predictability of classic palettes and agreeable rolling hills, preferring scenes that come out of the corner of the eye, leading you toward the less worn path.

  evening , oil on panel, 6” x 4”

evening, oil on panel, 6” x 4”

Through a use of contemporary shades and tight colour ranges, he will often choose scenes that show their beauty through an absence of grandeur, but instead exude a whispered serenity.Lidbetter says of his work, “Woven into the design and abstraction is an even more important element. For me, my landscapes must have an emotional content. Feelings of isolation, solitude and quiet pervade in my works.I love the surprising natural sense of balance and design found in landscape. The line, the abstract space and fractured colour are what interest me most. After a few sketches and photographs I will return to my studio where I continue to strip down and fine tune the scene to its most minimalist composition.”

The scenes in this collection, while taking an introspective approach to the compositions, and thus allowing them to be reminiscent of many areas outside of their namesake, are inspired by a myriad of well-known areas in Central Canada, such as Ottawa, Temagami, Meech Lake, Manitoulin Island, and Aylmer, Quebec. Works from this area have continued to impact viewers so much because Lidbetter understands the scenes that make one pause and take breath. David is able to capture this sense of awe and elemental design while still rendering a highly artistic and expressive interpretive vision of the landscape itself. His use of light remains highly realistic, a hard-earned talent that captures the gaze of the viewer to begin with, and it paves the way for his more abstract and painterly brushwork.  

sunday at the museum.jpg

sunday at the museum”, oil on panel, 24” x 18”

golden hour.jpg

golden hour”, oil on panel, 20” x 10”