1. Kay Murray Weber Black-Bordered Elm
She was fascinated by printmaking and lithography, and was one of the best-known artists in that field in the second half of the twentieth century. This work could almost be abstract, except that the lines create leaves. Or maybe the opposite: this work could almost be representational, except that the leaves create lines that dart in all directions. Why do you think there are two leaves in the upper-right?
2. York Wilson From Our House
This is the earliest Wilson in our collection, executed when he was 47 years old. It shows that often the painted object is still present in his work, but is subsumed to the new interest in line and form. This painting uses the technique of allowing the paint to drip down the canvas under gravity, creating a strong vertical feel. This technique had been explored by painters such as Max Ernst and Francis Picabia, and most famously by Jackson Pollock.
3. Tom Zsolt Aspen Boscage
This could be called ‘Essay in lines’, or even ‘Essay in light and dark’. Most of the dark is concentrated in small areas – a twig here, a shadow there, and the rest in brightness. It is interesting to note that the two sides also complement each other: the dark background at the left balances the bright lines and trees to the right. And what is that focal point, in the middle at the top? You might almost think it was an owl…
4. Albert Chiarandini Hull, Quebec
He made several journeys to Ottawa and Hull, and often painted scenes around the river. This painting divides the canvas in two: the upper half pale, flat, almost dirty with lines that are predominantly horizontal or vertical, the lower half brightly coloured, with lines that trace diagonals. It was typical of his cityscapes that he relegated the famous landmarks to the background!