Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcoming Artist Mary Hanson

We're pleased to welcome Toronto artist Mary Hanson to Canvas Gallery.

Mary Hanson spent her childhood on a sheep farm near the dry and dusty little town of Gulargambone in the Australian outback.  With few playmates and no distractions from the outside world, she absorbed the colours and lines within the boundaries of her horizons.  A theme of isolation marks her enduring relationship with that stark landscape.  Primal motifs of ancient rocks and animals inhabit her work in various incarnations and each piece is infused with a sense of colour unique to those early experiences.

"Floating Moon" mixed media on panel,  18" x 36" $1000 framed

"The Horse Man & The Setting Sun" mixed media on panel, 18" x 36" $1000 framed

Although a career in music brought her to Canada, Mary’s strength and interest in visual art eventually lead to work in film and interior design.  In the 90’s she apprenticed with a decorative artist who specialized in the traditional art of gilding.   Many years were spent applying metallic leaf to ceilings, walls, frames, and furniture, before Mary was drawn back to her early love of painting.  Her affinity for the shiny metal foil began to show itself in her work as little bits of silver and gold crept into the paintings and soon took over to become by far the main ingredient.

"On the River Bank" mixed media on panel, 16" x 42" $1200 framed

"Beyond the Blue" mixed media on panel, 30" x 60" $2300 framed

"A Ribbon Runs Through It" mixed media on panel, 30" x 48" $1700 framed

"Pisces" mixed media on panel, 18" x 36" $1000 framed

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