Roadworthy, New Paintings by Kevin Sonmor
“Roadworthy”:New Paintings by Kevin Sonmor.
Addington Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by internationally recognized artist Kevin Sonmor. The Montreal -based artist will be present at the gallery for the opening reception. We hope you can join us friday night and view this powerful body of new paintings.
Looking at a Kevin Sonmor painting is like listening to opera with one’s eyes.
Sonmor presents his viewers with a broiling sea of emotive painterliness, filtered through the lens of art history. As a result, these paintings are at once wholly contemporary and deeply rooted in the myth and legend of ages past. The two lead actors on the stage of these works are a dramatic expression of light, and the powerful physicality of the substance of paint. Watching the drama play out in each piece is a singular experience.
Sonmor works with a visual vocabulary reminiscent of Dutch 17th Still Life (Jan Steen’s perishable flowers and grapes), the Romantic German landscapes from the 19th century (atmospheric, dense, moody, heroic), the strong chiaroscuro ever present in works by Caravaggio and early Rubens, the rich topography and lighting effects of a Rembrandt surface. Almost in defiance of logic, his seemingly contradictory applications of paint coalesce into convincing formal elements: earthy terrain, rocks, vegetation and bodies of water.