Constable & Corot Variations March 30 - April 28, 2012
The Constable & Corot Variation paintings are inspired by John Constable’s 1820’s series of cloud sketches and Camille Corot’s 19th century landscape paintings.
Stephen Hutchings channels both artist’s aesthetic, adapting their subjects to his contemporary sensibility. He begins by drawing with charcoal directly on the canvas, building up the image through layers of thin oil glazes. The final result is a suite of timeless paintings that resonate with beauty, mystery and an overwhelming feeling of emotion. Some of the clouds are stormy, some are ethereal, some are simply awesome. Taken as a series, they express the zeitgeist of the contemporary human condition.
Stephen Hutchings, born in Halifax in 1948, received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art in the early 1970's. His work has been extensively exhibited in public and commercial venues across Canada, the US and Europe. In 2010 his monumental solo exhibition, “Landscapes for the End of Time”, opened at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary and will travel to the Mendel Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2012-13.
His work can be found in numerous museum, corporate and public collections including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum London, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Department of Foreign Affairs, Scotiabank, Air Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada.