We are thrilled to have Artists Kate Esplen and Taylor Lasher grace our gallery with their beautiful artwork!
Horses In Art
A lifelong love of creating art and of horses informs the paintings, sculpture and jewelry of Meaford area artist Kate Esplen. Since her very first solo show, "Horses as Humans", Kate has been using the form of the horse as a metaphor and symbol of the human condition. Large expressionistic paintings with loose brush strokes, using line and mark to express motion and emotion, small three dimensional “line drawings” in gold and sterling jewelry or large sculptures in copper, porcelain and natural materials all evoke the emotional physicality of the horse.
Horses express themselves using every part of their bodies. They share all the social, emotional and many intellectual qualities that we experience. Mythologically they are uplifting, like a Pegasus. Practically, they are our partners carrying great men or Joan of Arc into battle or away to safety, working alongside us, being a test to our strength or tact, and sharing our individual and collective hardships and triumphs. My task is to capture that essence.
“My process is to show up at the studio, and see where a painting or sculpture decides to go. Sometimes it is an abstraction, other times quite representational. A single stroke can say it all, or many layers obscured and revealed over a long period with an ever changing story. I am happy when the viewer has an understanding and emotional response that is personal and reflective of their own lives”.
Resilience and Revival
Taylor Lasher is an emerging self-taught, acrylic artist. Her goal is to capture the vibrancy, strength, and peace that she’s found in herself and reflect those emotions through her art.
She has had to overcome many obstacles that have heavily shaped not only who she is as a person but the art she creates. In 2015, Taylor battled a rare form of bone cancer and ultimately underwent major surgery to remove her entire right scapula as well as the surrounding muscle.
After her cancer diagnosis, throughout treatment, and to this day she turns to art as a way to find peace. “When I paint, the rest of the world suddenly becomes really quiet and I don’t think about anything else other than letting my creative self flourish. Painting has been my therapy and a journey of self-healing and awakening."
Through Taylor’s artwork, she hopes to invoke feelings of resiliency that are found both in human nature and in the world around us.
We are enthused to welcome a spectacular collection of work from artist Paul Mondoux.
Life is full of little moments.
Paul Mondoux is a Southampton based artist whose focus is to capture the essence of the emotion in those moments.
Paul is originally from Montreal and has lived in Toronto, London (England) and Oakville. It is his move to Southampton that reflects most in his current work.
For Paul, capturing the light is everything. Its elusive quality can transform a figure or a landscape in just a matter of seconds.
He strives to convey that sense of place by capturing its fleeting magic.
Working in acrylics, Paul loves the challenge of rendering a surface or a reflection with an appreciation for beauty and a sensitivity to contrast and form.
On Saturday, July 24th, Paul, Kate, and Taylor will be present in the gallery for a public artists in attendance. This is a great opportunity to get to know the artists, ask questions, and view the art. We hope to see you soon!