Shary Boyle’s third solo exhibition at Jessica Bradley Gallery features a remarkable new body of work on paper, created during winter residencies in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and Bruno, Saskatchewan.
Boyle describes her time at the famed West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative printmaking and drawing studio: “What a true sense of human warmth a small heated space can provide for those gathered silently to draw together, safe from the wind whipping frozen snow across the tundra. In those rooms I considered my smallness. Compelled by the stories of the Inuit sea-goddess Sedna, and the curious prevalence of mermaid mythology from around the world, I created a cast of supernatural characters to process my overwhelming experiences.” Her vibrant suite of watercolours reflects the solitude of the far north and the compelling mythology that inspired her as she worked alongside Inuit artist peers, collaborating with Shuvinai Ashoona on one extraordinary
Boyle’s prairie watercolours depict another variation of remote landscape, where, according to the artist, “sky dominates, pressing and pulling you like taffy between the ground and the clouds.” Shary Boyle has been selected to represent Canada at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. She has had solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, most recently Flesh and Blood at UQAM, Montreal, Quebec, which traveled to the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010-11) and Canadian Artist at the BMO Project Room, Toronto (2012). She was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2007, 2009), the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2009) and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award in 2010.