ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present ALMANAC, recent paintings by DANIEL HUTCHINSON. The exhibition is in the West Gallery and the Project Room from March 2, 2013 to April 13, 2013.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 9, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, with an ARTIST TALK at 3pm.
Daniel Hutchinson is fast becoming recognized as an important new voice in Canadian painting. In his second solo exhibition at Angell Gallery, Hutchinson presents a metaphorical exploration/meditation on that most Canadian of topics, the weather.
In ALMANAC, a series of large paintings feature highly abstracted renderings of natural phenomena, some inspired by wood engravings from a 19th century book documenting polar and tropical explorations. A series of smaller paintings derived from details in the larger works aims to predict weather patterns during the month of March, with a bit of help from the Farmers Almanac and the Canadian intuitive familiarity with our climate.
Sunspots, icebergs, waves, clouds and the aurora borealis are fractured into elemental geometric and organic forms that are then reconfigured through Hutchinson's dexterous manipulation of the oil medium.
Though working at the edge of black, Hutchinson's paintings are replete with glistening light, formed by reflections captured through striated brushstrokes. The sensation of depth and movement is palpable, achieved not through the traditional tricks of perspective or illusionism, but through the properties of paint alone.
The resulting marriage of gesture and geometry, spontaneity and study, movement and stillness, representation and abstraction, certainty and speculation, and dark and light invites repeated engagement. Unlike a Farmers Almanac of years gone by, the paintings in ALMANAC resonate in a timeless space.
Daniel Hutchinson is a visual artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has exhibited across Canada, in the U.S., Australia and Sweden. In 2009 he received Honourable Mention for the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Contemporary Visual Art and was twice named a semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. In 2013, Hutchinson’s work will appear in The Painting Project, a survey of contemporary Canadian painting curated by Louise Déry and organized by L'Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as in a solo exhibition at YYZ in Toronto, and the group show, Imagining Disaster, at Museum London.