Look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent

Lo­cal artist opens “Odd one out” ex­hibit at Grace Camp­bell Gallery

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - JA­SON KERR @ker­r_­jas • ja­son.kerr@pa­her­ald.sk.ca

Davis Pha­neuf has al­ways looked for a unique an­gle to her art.

The lo­cal artist’s work ranges from ab­stract images to paint­ings of how Prince Al­bert land­marks would look if they were taken over by kids. It’s all part of her de­sire to show an­other per­spec­tive.

“I just wanted to show some­thing dif­fer­ent around P.A.,” she says. “I take part in the Win­ter Fes­ti­val art show a lot and it’s a lot of the same folk art, and there’s noth­ing wrong with that, but I wanted to show that there can be other stuff than just land­scapes and an­i­mal paint­ings.”

On Satur­day, Pha­neuf of­fi­cially opened a se­lec­tion of her work at the Grace Camp­bell Gallery, ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled “Odd One Out.” It in­cludes a col­lec­tion of her favourite works from the last four or five years, al­most all of which are acrylic paint­ings.

“I don’t have pa­tience for oil paint,” she chuck­les.

“I don’t even re­ally have pa­tience for acrylic. Some­times I have my hairdryer out be­cause I like putting on paint and do­ing it fast, so I work with lots of acrylic.”

Pha­neuf’s road to be­com­ing an artist didn’t start un­til after high school, when a cousin gave her some can­vases and paint­brushes for Christ­mas and told her to “do some­thing.” She hasn’t stopped since.

She’d al­ready de­vel­oped a love of paint­ings and draw­ings through an­ime and graphic nov­els, so it just be­came a mat­ter of putting it on the can­vas.

“I did graf­fiti work a lot when I was younger, but then when I got older I started putting it on can­vas and not build­ings any­more,” she chuck­les. “It was smarter.”

Pha­neuf’s works con­tain plenty of lo­cal im­agery. From the Na­tional Ho­tel to lo­cal streets and parks, grow­ing up in Prince Al­bert has left a large im­print on her. She brings that im­print to the can­vas with a wide ar­ray of colour, and re­mains hope­ful that gallery go­ers will en­joy the per­spec­tive.

“Odd one out” runs from Sept. 29 un­til Oct. 31 at the Grace Camp­bell Gallery.

“I wanted to show that there can be other stuff than just land­scapes and an­i­mal paint­ings.” Davis Pha­neuf


Davis Pha­neuf poses for a photo in front of some of her art­work at the Grace Camp­bell Gallery on Satur­day.

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