In the boreal forest, nature inspires art


Greg Hardy stands in entrance of simply a part of his exhibition titled La Ronge Drawings at the Mann Art Gallery. The exhibition is on till mid-January.

The exterior has come inside at the Mann Art Gallery, with simultaneous shows from a number of artists who draw their inspiration from nature albeit in numerous methods.

For Ken Van Rees, it was strolling via a burnt patch of forest close to South End (Reindeer Lake) that brought on him to surprise what he might do with charcoal and canvas.

“As I was walking through the forest, I looked down at my pants, they were light-coloured, and there were all these charcoal markings on them,” stated Van Rees throughout a reception held by the gallery on Nov. 26. “I thought, oh, maybe I could do something with this and this started this long journey of creating art from burnt forest.”

Van Rees permits the forest, wind and time to do a few of the work for him. He places a canvas down in a selected spot, places a burned go online prime after which comes again days, weeks or months later to see what has occurred.

He has additionally arrange a recreation digital camera and was to see the wildlife that stopped and took a sniff or walked on the canvas.

“There were all these animals looking at my artwork. There were deer, there were bears walking across my artwork. There were wolves walking around,” Van Rees stated.

Where most individuals keep away from burned areas of nature and search for lush, inexperienced panorama, the fiery facet of nature has a extra visible enchantment for him.

“Most of us prefer a green forest. That’s what we like to go camping in or hiking in. For me, because I worked on forest fires when I was a teenager and I had that first experience with forest fires, it somehow resonated with me,” he stated.

Ken Van Rees stands beside two portray drawn by nature – actually – after he left a burned piece of wooden on a canvas in the wilderness at Fort a la Corne for 5 months. The two canvases had been the outcome. Photo Susan McNeil

Van Rees’ art might be discovered at the Mann Art Gallery till January 15 and is an accompaniment to the work of well-known artist Greg Hardy.

In distinction to the extra muted colors in Van Rees’ work, Hardy’s in some instances has bursts of orange and different brilliant colors.

“This is a show of drawings from the La Ronge area, where I have a cabin up on an island,” stated Hardy.

About 4 years in the past, Hardy was speaking to the then director of the Mann gallery and agreed to a displaying of his drawings.

With adjustments in employees at the gallery and the pandemic, it took time for the exhibition to come back collectively, however it’s now displayed.

Some of the drawings had been carried out a long time in the past and a few are newer however the deal with the pure world is shared with Van Rees.

“I have an affinity for the natural world and I paint a lot of things, but I always come back to its landscape that moves me the most as subject matter,” stated Hardy.

Hardy’s profession has been established for a while and he makes it his full time occupation, sharing his time between La Ronge and his important studio close to Saskatoon.

“Realistically, this is a small sampling of the drawings that I have because I draw all the time,” Hardy defined.  “It’s primarily the landscape,” he stated of his choice to work in northern Saskatchewan. “We used to go up further north and do a lot of canoe trips and it had always been a dream or a hope to have a wilderness cabin at some point.”

An architect from Prince Albert had the cabin out there on the market and so Hardy was capable of purchase it.

“As soon as I saw it, I was just like this is amazing,” he stated. “The subject matter was all around and I knew it was going to be very positive.”

Hardy paints or attracts the place ever he’s, and primarily attracts inspiration from the plains earlier than specializing in the forest.

“This was like a 15 year concentration on Lac La Ronge and it still feels like a positive source of inspiration,” he stated. “But having said that, I’m shifting gears and going to go back to the plains.”

He appears for good high quality mild when he paints and in addition appears for power.

“The more dramatic the landscape the better. I feel more in tune with what’s going on if there’s a storm or a pending storm,” Hardy defined.

“And I’ve always been taken with the sky, since I was a little kid.”

A 3rd show is up at the gallery for the length of the exhibition that includes Hardy together with Van Rees.

Title ‘The Secret is in the Paper’, the assortment was curated by collections assistant Breanne Bandur and is targeted on completely different approaches to the therapy of paper.