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Colour burst on a cold day in Ambleside
As flowers begin to wilt and the days get shorter, pop by the Silk Purse for Colour Burst, a vibrant show featuring two North Shore artists.
Nasser Ghaderi, who lives near the gallery in Ambleside, creates colourful, large-scale abstract paintings while abstaining from conventional tools and techniques.
The other artist, Therese Joseph, paints lively portraits of women when they are deep in thought, alone and "most true to themselves."
Although the styles differ greatly, the duo was chosen because their bold techniques are complementary.
And even though both artists know West Coast themes — spruce trees, sailing ships, wildlife and the like — flourish on the North Shore, they stay true to themselves by painting with bold colours and abstract subjects.
Unlike many artists, Joseph feels out of her comfort zone when she uses subdued colours. Vibrancy comes naturally to her. While Ghaderi has painted a few black-and-whites, he's mostly in the same boat and routinely opts for dramatic pops of colour.
"It doesn't look like a boat on water, it's an inner impression," he says of the painting Sailing Day in the photo above. Rather than having a clear idea beforehand, he lets the art "impose itself" and, in a way, create its own life.
"Your past emotions, thoughts, experiences — they make each person see it differently," he explains.
Joseph's subjects are more recognizable. She enjoys painting the female form and, while she has a character in mind, she doesn't use models.
Her painting The Shopping Bags (also in the photo above) uses newspaper to create a mixed-media effect.
"I portray women in real situations in life. These women have difficult lives, they're not the ones who have it all," says Joseph, who is originally from Bern, Switzerland and now lives in North Van.
"It's that pensive look where you see a lot of emotion that I capture."
If the two share one thing in common, it's that they insist their viewers make up their own minds about what they see.
Glancing at his largest painting in the show, Abstraction in D Minor, Ghaderi says, "I achieve my goal if I let the person see what they want to see."