Thursday, October 1, 2015
Rod Charlesworth, An Exhibition of New Oil Paintings, October 3 - 15British Columbia’s Rod Charlesworth presents his 15th solo exhibition with the West End Gallery, opening Saturday, October 3. While acknowledging his education and technical training in Fine Art at the Okanagan University College in Kelowna, Rod largely considers himself self-taught. His vibrant patches of colour, the rugged terrain of the Western landscape, and snowy rinks with children at play capture a uniquely Canadian cultural identity. In this latest collection of paintings Rod has departed from his previous colour palette by making one small change to his under-painting, producing dramatic effects, resulting in fresh and vibrant new landscapes. “What initially inspired me to paint was how we all see the world differently. I wanted to create my own visual language that could be used to portray the Canadian landscape in all of its rugged subtleties”.
Join us for the opening reception Saturday, October 3 with artist in attendance from 1 to 4pm. Rod Charlesworth’s exhibition continues through October 15. All artwork is subject to presale. Please direct inquires to our Victoria gallery location. 877.388.0009 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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My show at Xchanges Gallery consists of both ceramics and 2D works. The theme is the re-appropriation of the classic blue and white Delftware designs with a contemporary shift. Breaking Point, the shows title, refers to our current relationship with the environment and Delftware presented itself as a suitable medium to express my ideas about the situation. Typically the designs show scenes of natural beauty or religious motifs, which I looked to subvert in order to highlight the paradox and cost of progress. The ceramic materials also looked to reference this as they were sourced from thrift stores and hand embellished with the dystopian imagery. My aim in the gallery was to create a museum-like environment, displaying the ceramics with the drawings, to cause the viewer to initially question whether or not these are historical or contemporary works.