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Catherine Sullivan, Triangle of Need (2007)

Christopher Willard, SO ARTY IT'S ALMOST LAUGHABLE. (2007), acrylic on Plexiglas with engraving [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, Mar 7-28].

Christopher Willard:

Herringer Kiss Gallery
Calgary AB – Mar 7-28, 2009

Emily Carr, Somewhere, prior

Christopher Willard, WHEN YOU GET IT YOU GET IT. (2007), acrylic on Plexiglas with engraving [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, Mar 7-28]

Willard / Heavy Rain

Christopher Willard, Heavy Rain [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, Mar 7-28]

Willard / Sandy's Cell

Christopher Willard, Sandy's Cell [Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB, Mar 7-28]

Christopher Willard is known for immaculate paintings that recall the work of Josef Albers and Richard Anuszkiewicz. In low-key colour on 25-inch diamond-shaped canvasses, the precise and stylized compositions, many of which employ complementary colours, illusionism and linear designs, demonstrate his interest in perception and sensory neuroscience.

In his first solo exhibition in Calgary, the American-born painter, instructor and novelist presents new work in rectangular formats combined with text. IT ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK features acrylic paintings on Plexiglas with engraved textual statements. The wry, pithy text charges the monochromatic images with a complexity of readings.

Born in Maine, Willard taught at Hunter College in New York City for ten years before moving to Montreal in 2002. As the new Head of Painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he now lives in Calgary where he works as a writer and visual artist. His art appears in collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

He has received grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the E.D. Foundation as well as the Veritas Award for Outstanding Creativity. Willard is a recognized expert on colour theory, practice, and education, with a specialization in film colour and a research interest in serialism and symmetry in painting.


Mia Johnson

 Sat, Feb 14, 2009