Artist puts accent on fun and joy
Local businesses are being invited to “art” their walls with works from the Collectif d’artistes de Glengarry Artists’ Collective ArtBank.
The works can be viewed on the cagacartbank.ca site.
In the coming weeks, will profile ArtBank artists based on information submitted by the collective.
This week, we Yvonne Callaway.
Years ago Yvonne wanted to take classes, Indian classical dance or painting – though she hadn’t experience in either. She couldn’t find a dance class so signed up for Intro to Acrylic Painting at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal. She didn’t expect to be good, merely wanted to understand the process. She’d been collecting art for years, also modelled for photographers and painters.
Her family found the choice amusing. They’d snickered at her “artistic capabilities” since a Grade 6 parent/teacher meeting. Her black scribbles were nothing like the bright representations of classmates. From that time it was clear to all -- Yvonne could not make art! But decades and art classes later she learned she could paint, with emotion, flair. Family opinions can be very wrong! She learned to see like an artist and discovered a vocation. Classes; rearranging home to include a studio; visiting museums and galleries in many countries; devouring art books; and teaching have all stretched her vision.
Yvonne works predominantly in acrylic and mixed media creating whimsical views of life in brilliant colour. Her empathy with subjects helps capture subtleties of emotion. She uses dazzling colour. Also significant doses of frivolous eccentricity!
Six years ago she left the big city Montreal for rural Ontario, which has fed her soul and imagination. The pace, mindset and knowledge of the county neighbours are stimulating. So is the daily interaction with nature.
Art can be lonely work. Yvonne is working towards a ninth solo show (Montreal 2021). But there is camaraderie: she’s involved with The Collective and local art events. Heady life for this middleaged prodigy! Many painting styles attract her, and she’s generally trying to solve a problem: how to help a viewer enter -- and get lost in -- her paintings? She’s created photorealistic portraits and abstracts; flying pigs and purple-faced characters. Current work is dedicated to joy. Yvonne’s works are in corporate and private collections in Europe, North and Latin America. Visit www.ycs-art.com
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