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David Haughton - Ships with Windsurfers
David Haughton, Ships with Windsurfers (2002), acrylic on multimedia board [Simon Patrich Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-20, 2003]

David Haughton: “Ships, Mountains and the Sea III”

Simon Patrich Gallery
Vancouver BC Apr 4-20, 2003

Vancouver-based painter David Haughton has painted vistas of beautiful British Columbia for four years. The natural setting of Vancouver with its many inlets and sounds, its coastal mountain backdrop and its varying weather and lighting conditions make the area a perfect study for his talents. His third series on the themes of Ships, Mountains and the Sea again focuses on freighters in the harbour, windsurfers, towering green mountains, cold ocean water, bridges and cranes.

Haughton’s underlying compositions give his paintings both a fine, strong structure, and a delicious lace-work of contour edges. Like Cézanne once did, Haughton also uses fragments of the motifs he finds in these gorgeous settings and experiments with them throughout several designs. The viewer of numerous works is able to glimpse and contrast recurring themes. The side of a ship's hull in one painting is re-conceived in different scale in another; a slip of a mountain's edge in one painting is re-visited in detail; or a part of a bridge is portrayed from different perspectives.

In this body of work, Haughton presents a number of huge triptychs with views from Spanish Banks to North Vancouver. Each combines a panoramic view, a fragment with increased visual focus, and a slim vertical strip of painterly essence. The three-part images range from a warm and glowing treatment conjuring late summer to a cooler, wilder interpretation. The stunning effects of his scumbling techniques can be seen in the luminous skies and the sparking colour fields of topography.

© Mia Johnson

 Thu, Apr 3, 2003