[April 2, 2022]
May 12- June 16, 2022
Seeing Impressionistic Cubism in Hamilton’s Industry
[Hamilton, ON, April 2, 2022]- Earls Court Gallery is excited to present “Industry” in Gallery starting May 12, 2022, showcasing new pastels by Hamilton artist Aleda O’Connor.
A warm opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 12 pm until 3 pm at Earls Court Gallery. No RSVP required.
“Industrial Hamilton is endlessly interesting to me. I have studied it from every accessible viewpoint; the shapes and angles of its buildings, towers and chutes, the flares and clouds of smoke and steam, cranes and slag piles. I’ve observed its almost Cubist-like structures up close and its reflections and silhouettes from Eastport Drive and from parks and side streets across the harbour in Burlington.
…Eventually, the structures and their settings dissolved into shapes and patterns, of light and dark, and colour. J.M.W. Turner once said that “nothing is ugly or beautiful, but that light makes it so.” I agree, and will take the liberty of adding colour to the thought. The colours in these works happened organically. Strong shapes call for saturated colours.”
- Aleda O’Connor
The paintings will be featured in the vast main gallery. All artworks will be featured online upon installation. Entry is free and family friendly.
“Industry” exhibition can be viewed in person at 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. Earls Court Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm .
Curator Andrea Jackman
Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa St. N, Hamilton
ABOUT ALEDA O’CONNOR:
Aleda O’Connor is Hamilton resident who grew up in Toronto and graduated in Fine Art from the University of Guelph.
For many years, Aleda spent her summers on a farm at Bond Head north of Toronto Ontario. She was inspired by renowned Canadian artists Charles Comfort and Carl Schaefer, who were family friends and regular visitors to the farm. At Bond Head she acquired a permanent affection for Southern Ontario’s rural agricultural landscape and remains inspired by the geometry of open fields, drumlins and woodlots.
In recent years she has added urban landscapes, particularly the industrial city of Hamilton Ontario to her repertoire of subjects affected by the weather conditions that continuously transform familiar landscapes.
Her travels have taken her across Canada, to the United States, Mexico, Ireland, England, Iceland, France, Italy and Portugal and the Caribbean. While hunting for places that are shaped by weather, she discovered sheep, a subject she has returned to many times.
Every summer she spends several weeks on New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island contemplating the ocean, wind and mists of the Bay of Fundy.
Her work has been shown in galleries in Canada and South Korea and is represented in private collections in Canada, the United States and Ireland. Her paintings are featured on sets for such television programs as Orphan Black, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Mary Kills People and Workin’ Moms.