November 13 - 25: Valerie Fillingham

"Snapshots; Greetings from Hampton Beach!"

Exhibition open 12 to 6 p.m., Tuesday - Friday, 
                            11 to 4 Saturday and Sunday

Opening Reception: Tuesday, Nov 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Artist Statement

I work with oil paint on canvas or wood panels, using the alla prima  technique. My work explores the sculptural capabilities of the paint medium  to create form, movement and depth while interpreting the effects of light  and colour relationships.

The conventional rituals of everyday life interest me, and through the  painting process I try to explore and appreciate their value. Over the past few years I have generated a large body of work influenced by  the urban environment. Street life and cityscapes have primarily been my  focus. In addition I have developed a strong body of privately commissioned  portrait and landscape work.

My new series of paintings, Snapshots; Greetings from Hampton Beach!, combine my interest in both the expression of the human form and landscape. The  images  chronicle a quintessential 1960's Canadian vacation by the ocean.  Each piece is a snapshot influenced by a collection of photographs of my  mother and friends from the era, as well as old beach postcards. I am interested in reflecting the human condition through collections and mementoes. The work as a whole celebrates memory and reminders of youth and comradery. They express a remembered feeling of intimacy and warmth.
This series considers the interaction between the subject and the taker of the picture, while bringing my own interpretation to the captured moment, someone else's moment, through the painting process.

        Girlfriends - Oil on Masonite                 Snapshot - Oil on Masonite                 Beachblankets  - Oil on Masonite
Panel, 24" x 24", 2000                         Panel, 24" x 24",  2000                      Panel, 24" x 24", 2001.

                       Pink Bathcap - Oil on Masonite                                             Swimmer with Sunglasses - Oil on Masonite
                         Panel, 24" x 24", 2001.                                                      Panel, 24" x 24", 2001.