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Contemporary Canadian visual artist Lillian Black has a bachelor of fine arts degree and a background in design. These multi-disciplinary creative environments have enabled her to explore many artistic mediums and techniques, and find her passion and focus in painting and photography. "My creative process is one of trusting a method of immediate action and intuitive reaction, in both painting and photography. Living here on the beautiful west coast of Canada, there is never a lack of inspiration." Thematically, Lillian is intrigued by the elusive, enigmatic heart of the subject and drawn towards the visual sensation of lush colour, monochrome, graphic depiction, all as collective parts of the whole. "I find these characteristics in nature, in the creative ethos and iconography of world cultures and in the countless microcosms within the world around me," says Lillian. In Lillian’s paintings, visual suggestions that caught her eye are now connected to a new place, a new spirit, filtered and redefined as she discovers the heart of the subject through paint and movement over the surface. Along with utilizing brushes and unconventional tools and objects, she tends to use her hands predominantly to apply the medium, rapidly mixing paint and raw pigment directly on the canvas as intricate
details and unique characteristics emerge. It is essential for that tactile presence and association to be there to deepen and enrich the complex spirit and effervescence of the subject. Unlike her paintings, where the imagination allows one to experience the work with an unrestrictive frame of reference, the intentions of her photographs are specific, the images existing in a pre-determined framework. The graphic elements of form, shape, colour and meaning are distinct and defined. The subject matter that she is interested in photographing is a constant changing environment, offering itself up for exploration. "I always have my camera with me, and if I see something that contains strong visual elements I usually pick up on it quickly, right at that moment, and shoot fast. Because in the next second, it might not be there exactly how I experienced it, particularly in nature, where light and movement are ephemeral."
above, Malcapuya Island, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20" right, Totem Presence, archival metallic photo print, 11" x 14"
Waimanalo In January, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
Mendenhall Glacier, archival metallic photo print, 8" x 10"