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J McLaughlin, Angry Nail

J McLaughlin, Angry Nail (2013), acrylic on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, May 14-28]

J McLaughlin: Golden Supermatic

Polychrome Fine Art
Victoria BC – May 14-28, 2015

J McLaughlin, Amour Revue

J McLaughlin, Amour Revue (2013), acrylic on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, May 14-28]


J McLaughlin, Be Able
J McLaughlin, Be Able (2013), acrylic on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, May 14-28]


J McLaughlin, Diamond Girl
J McLaughlin, Diamond Girl (2013), acrylic on panel [Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria BC, May 14-28]


Instantly recognizable in petticoats and dark-framed glasses, J McLaughlin is a Victoria-based painter, musician and performer. You can find her on YouTube playing the guitar and kazoo and singing “Hard Luck Woman” – her version being cheerful, quirky and surprisingly sweet.

Gallery owner Shawn Shepherd says, “When we opened Polychrome Fine Art, she was one of the first artists we contacted, because we thought she deserved representation and we enjoyed her as a person. J’s work is accessible to most of the public, as it has a ring of nostalgia about it. She upcycles imagery and mixes it like a great DJ would mix music. Her natural sense of colour, sense of humour and brilliant ability to smash it all together … makes it reflective of our time.”

According to McLaughlin, the work cycle leading to this current show began about 10 years ago. “After four years of art school… painting was the only medium where I didn’t feel pressured to explain the work,” she says. “I could be innocent in approach and execution, work intuitively and chase myself down rabbit hole after rabbit hole.” She describes her work as “a cheerfully seductive chaos of bright colours, multiple layers of text, image and abstract shapes…flattened into a single viewing plane.”

Christine Clark


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015