Ethereal at Propeller Art Gallery
February 15 – March 5, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18th, 2 – 5pm
Propeller Art Gallery
30 Abell St, Toronto, ON
View exhibition online at TOAF.ca
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and Propeller Art Gallery are pleased to present Ethereal, featuring the works of Sandamali Angunawali, Marc Bourgeois, Shevon Lewis and Ren Lonechild curated by Lex Barrie.
Ethereal explores themes of individualization through the purity and simple beauties of our world. Acting as guides, the artists showcase their interpretations, creating connections between cultures, experiences and time periods.
This exhibition is part of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s awards program. The Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award provides an opportunity for an emerging curator to conceive a show from start to finish by selecting artists from the TOAF artist roster within the framework of their chosen curatorial theme. The show is a professional exhibition opportunity in a gallery setting for the selected emerging artists. This award is generously supported by Propeller Gallery, Propeller member and former Chair, Frances Patella and The Deeks Financial Group of CIBC Private Wealth Management.
About the Artists
Sandamali Angunawela is a self-taught artist originally from Sri Lanka. Her journey as an artist began in 2020, shortly after being laid off due to the pandemic. She had her first showcase in April of 2022. Sandamali is fascinated and inspired by the human struggle in developing countries and their incredible resilience in the face of hardship, having been born and raised in a third-world country. Her pencil drawings are done using graphite, colour pencils and charcoal. She finds beauty and emotion in its contours and movements and tries to capture and portray this ‘Body Language’ in every acrylic piece she creates.
Marc Bourgeois’ photography captures moments of flowing or dissolving paint and blends it with human textures in a sometimes playful, sometimes somber way. Human expressions emerge from a mixture of abstract slurps and splatters. The broader narrative is an ongoing investigation of the fragmentation, identity scrambling, narcissism, disconnection and reality-shuffling typical of our digital era and its various likenings to virtual reality. Marc Bourgeois studied visual arts at Université du Québec à Montréal and at University of Leeds (UK) and commercial photography at College Marsan in Montréal.
Shevon Lewis is a Toronto-based Sri Lankan-Canadian Artist. He is a graduate of the OCAD U Illustration Program and currently works there as a Sessional Instructor teaching Painting. Shevon uses traditional representational oil painting techniques to interrogate human conditions. His observational paintings map an ecology of lived experiences and archetypes expressed through individuality and transnational society, holding the painterly gesture as part of the process of healing and elevating the human spirit.
Ren Lonechild is a Cree artist from the White Bear reservation in Saskatchewan who started drawing at the young age of 3. He also became interested in comic books, drawn to the colourful superheroes and action sequences, he studied the techniques and the styles of the illustrators which he would eventually adapt into his own work. In 2016, Ren decided to try his hand at painting and, already having over 30 years of drawing experience, he caught on quickly. This launched an exciting new chapter in his life which led to two art shows and numerous sales. Shortly after, he met Johl White Duck who founded R.U.N. “Red Urban Nation Artist Collective”, a collective of Indigenous artists who create murals around Toronto, which led to working with R.U.N. and streetARToronto.
About the Curator
Lex Barrie (they/them) is an undergraduate student of the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University.
They have curated in-person group exhibitions at the Ada Slaight Gallery and co-curated a group, virtual exhibition in collaboration with the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), the Archives of Ontario and OCAD University titled, “The Archive of Merit: From OSA to OCAD”.
Having worked with Propeller Art Gallery for over a year on various projects and exhibitions, they gained valuable experience in the art of curation and design. They acted as the coordinator for the latest “West Queen West Art Gallery Crawl”, in collaboration with 8 Toronto contemporary art galleries, including Propeller in July of 2022. Lex is also a writer for ArtToronto.ca, a Toronto art magazine covering exhibitions across the city.
About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is Canada’s leading outdoor and online art fair. Established in 1961 to connect Canadian artists directly to the public, TOAF showcases 400+ emerging and established visual artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors and artists working in ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. The event brings together 150,000 art lovers and enthusiasts who spend over 2 million dollars on art during the Fair. This free public event takes place every July – rain or shine – at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto. Since 2020, TOAF’s online Fair has become Canada’s fastest-growing e-commerce and discovery platform for artists across Canada.
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About Propeller Art Gallery
Propeller Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative and exhibition space in Toronto’s Queen West Art + Design District that supports innovative, sustainable programming. Its primary focus is to support member artists in their careers through innovative programming and practical professional experience including; exhibition design and installation, promotions, sales and fundraising. Propeller Gallery engenders a supportive community that heightens awareness and appreciation for the arts by providing captivating and inclusive programming, community building, networking, and partnership opportunities.
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