Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
November 4-27, 2010
Diane Farris Gallery is pleased to present Waterways, a new series of paintings by B.C. artist Judith Currelly. Currelly earned her commercial pilot’s license in 1976. She has since spent many years flying her tiny two-seater bush plane surveying bears, wolves and caribou in the Canadian Arctic. As a floatplane pilot, reading the water is an essential skill. In Waterways, Currelly draws from this unique perspective of observing and experiencing water.
Currelly portrays the cold northern ocean, rivers and lakes through images that capture both the negative and positive shapes of the many islands, winding inlets, coastal contours and shimmering expanses of surface. Throughout the series, the artist’s fascination, respect and gratitude for this precious resource are unmistakable. Several paintings are designed in her trademark grid-like structure. The grids allow viewers to experience the push and pull of the organic shapes and her glowing colours. Other works resemble environmental narratives with the incorporation of trees, root structures, and grazing or roaming wildlife. The paintings have an abstract sensibility but they resonate with the reality of the artist’s lived experience and her keen eye for composition.
Judith Currelly was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the University of Victoria, BC. She has a prestigious exhibition record spanning three decades. Her work is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Government House in Victoria, B.C, and the Governor General’s Heritage Collection. Diane Farris Gallery has represented Judith Currelly exclusively since 1989.