Don’t miss your chance to meet artist Melissa Doherty and see her new series of masterfully rendered landscape paintings as part of her Losing Ground exhibit on display until October 12th at the Latcham Art Centre.
Doherty’s paintings focus on what happens when the natural landscape becomes a constructed landscape. As natural elements are removed from the ground and displayed in containers and planters, or on rooftops and green walls, nature becomes one step removed from the ground and represents a disconnect from its source.
Working in the painting style of the Dutch Renaissance masters, Doherty’s landscapes at first appear so life-like it’s hard to comprehend that you are looking at a two-dimensional surface. However, as your eye continues to explore the image, her choice of perspective, scale and composition challenge our perceptions of landscape painting and encourage us to see the façade and artifice at play when the landscape and environment is altered.
Doherty was recently awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award from the Ontario Arts Foundation, and a Waterloo Region Visual Arts Award.
Her work is included in Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painters, and she was short-listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been included in exhibitions internationally at Art Chicago, Scope Miami and Christinerose Gallery, New York.
Solo exhibitions include the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, Quebec, the University of Toronto, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including Sir Elton John and David Furnish, University of Toronto, the Bank of Montreal, the Four Seasons, and the Royal Bank of Canada.
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Image: Melissa Doherty, Landscape material (cedar), 2019, oil on canvas, 52” x 54”