A Rick Bond exhibition is the perfect antidote to the mucky wet weather weve all been struggling through this winter. Bright and full of light, these acrylic paintings are golden representations of a highly romanticized vision of the great outdoors. Sometimes set in the midst of a bustling ski village, other times on a windy West Coast shoreline, these inviting artworks are always picture perfect, full of confetti and fun.
Many of Bonds paintings include images of people joyfully engaged in outdoor activities. Whether skiing, cycling or guarding the hockey net, these actors are all part of some glorious outdoor scene: autumnal mountains, long stretches of blue roads, soft blankets of snow and the sparkling blue sky all figure prominently. Even Bonds cityscapes and there will be several of these exhibited are wonderfully light and lively, the architecture and the streets mercifully scrubbed clean of the weary rain.
Rick Bond began his professional career as a painter in 1980, and since then has gathered quite a following. His version of Impressionism is a chunky, pixelated style with a tendency toward intense patterning, like a crazy quilt or a tartan. Now represented in galleries across Canada, he was born in Victoria, spent his youth in the Gulf Islands and today lives in the Okanagan.