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Stephen Hutchings

Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
Vancouver BC Apr 7-30, 2005

Stephen Hutchings - Two Trees
Stephen Hutchings, Two Trees (2005), charcoal and oil on canvas [Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 7-30]

Alberta-based painter Stephen Hutchings creates luminous, deeply-saturated portraits of trees and landscapes in muted hues. The diffused tree images are metaphors for human identity and our relationships with society. They also can be seen as portraits of struggle with existential growth and practical survival.

In this new body of work, Hutchings places the bushes and trees within a traditional landscape context. The images originated as miniature graphite drawings, created in the studio from imagined “internal landscapes.” The sketches were transferred to canvas using charcoal, then layered with multiple oil glazes to produce an antique, glowing effect. In previous work, the sketches became large paintings with an abstract quality. The current paintings, with their soft focus and warm colours, suggest “landscapes yet-to-be”.

Stephen Hutchings - Giants Tree
Stephen Hutchings, Giants Tree (2005), charcoal and oil on canvas [Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 7-30]

Stephen Hutchings was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1948 and moved to Southern Ontario in the late 1950s. He received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art in the early 1970s. Since 1979, he has lived and worked in Banff, Alberta, where he is president and publisher of Altitude Publishing, Ltd.


Mia Johnson

 Mon, May 30, 2005