Posted on: September 22, 2019
Lloyd Bennett: Motifs from the Parkland, 1997-2018, TRU Gallery, Sept. 23-Oct. 10 Opening reception is Wednesday, Sept 25 @ 4pm
The exhibition of paintings and prints that will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 10, 2019 at the TRU Art Gallery is a major part of Lloyd’s output in landscape imagery over the last three decades. This collection focuses on the “motif” of landscape where the extra considerations of space illusion are sacrificed for a decorative treatment of the subject. The texture cliffs of the “Hoodoos” (Wells Gray Park) become surfaces of charcoal streaked with slivers of whites and pinks supported by a foliage background of lime greens and yellow ochres. The point of these works is to indulge brushwork in colour, texture and pattern for their own sake in a distilled or concentrated aspect of landscape. The images are first discovered in the park (plein air) on small nine inch boards in acrylic and then are worked up or reduced on larger oil panels. Lloyd often repeats a motif in different size panels or medium—and has recently returned to wood block printing to view the image in a different medium. The direction the works tend to develop is to simplify the image to its purest form or abstraction. The images come from Wells Gray Park (BC), Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (AB/SK), Grasslands National Park (SK) and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park (SK).