Dec 8 - Jan 27
Opening Reception: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Dec 8, 2018
Viridian Gallery is pleased to present a special section of works by Vancouver local artist, Leanne M Christie. “Urban – Selected Works by Leanne M Christie" will be held at the exhibition opening reception at gallery on Dec 8 at 6 pm. Please join us and share the joy of arts with artists and audience.
Urban Oil painter Leanne M Christie has a reputation for complex paintings, built with powerful brushwork and the sophisticated manipulation of white. She paints full time in her Vancouver studio and her daily 50km cycling commute from her home in Coquitlam, gives Christie an intimate kinship with the flow and stories of the urban streets. The unrehearsed transitory moments provide the abundant source of her paintings. Born and raised in South Africa, Christie moved to the Canadian West Coast in the late 2000’s after a period of 10 years abroad. A period that had originated as a 2 week holiday after the completion of her Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University. Christie’s paintings are at first understood by the viewer whose participation is then demanded by her relentless harnessing of the communicative properties unique to oil painting. The distilled open relationship between the painter and the slow drying oils is the unique characteristic of the medium that Christie burrows into to activate the complexity that the alchemy of passive and active time develops. Active time is dependent on the relationship that the viewer develops with the work. Christie’s concept of complexity through the inclusion of active and passive time as a catalytic element in the paintings, finds the perfect partner in her urban subjects which are naturally founded on the complex relationships of the urban citizen and urban politics. Website: leannemchristie.com
Viridian Gallery is located by the sea in Coal Harbour Quay in the heart of Vancouver. The gallery was established in late 2014, and has drawn considerable attention since opening. The gallery has a goal of promoting contemporary artists, and offers a space for social interaction, exchange of ideas, and a space of imagination. Viridian Gallery works with local artists, and approaches each artistic work with earnestness, with the goal of supporting and recognizing the labour of artists. At the forefront of the boundaries of East-West cultural exchange in Vancouver, the gallery closely follows the development of contemporary art. Through these exhibitions and artistic exchange opportunities, the gallery provides support for local artists through research, exhibition, promotion, collection, and other such activities. For further information regarding the exhibition, please visit the website: www.viridiangallery.ca, or phone 604-568-3377, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org