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Kai McCall, Mo Tan and Kwan Yu

Jacana Gallery
Vancouver BC – Nov 15-Dec 18, 2011

Kai McCall, Always (2011)

Kai McCall, Always (2011), oil on canvas [Jacana Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 15-Dec 18]

Kai McCall, I Was Alright Until I Fell In Love With You (2011)

Kai McCall, I Was Alright Until I Fell In Love With You (2011), oil on canvas [Jacana Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 15-Dec 18]

Kai McCall, As You Were Walking Away (2011)

Kai McCall, As You Were Walking Away (2011), oil on canvas [Jacana Gallery, Vancouver BC, Nov 15-Dec 18]

Jacana Gallery introduces the work of three artists new to the gallery: Kai McCall, Mo Tan and Kwan Yu. The exhibit will be the first time Kai McCall and Mo Tan have shown in Vancouver. While McCall and Yu focus on figures, Tan captures the anonymity of large cities.

Kai McCall lives and works in Montreal when he has shown at Galerie d’Avignon and Galerie McCLure. His unusual surrealist paintings pair pin-up girls in epic poses with mythical creatures. Fanciful and slightly ambiguous, McCall’s colourful narratives are dense with references from art history, literature, illustration and films.

Kwan Yu similarly combines images and text from art magazines with objects in his studio to create contemporary but enigmatic juxtapositions. Yu’s style, however, is completely different. Sombre, almost spooky figures and faces emerge from dark backgrounds and layers of wash. Yu has lived in Vancouver since 1992, where he graduated with a BA from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2001.

Mo Tan is a Singapore artist based in Paris who has travelled to more than 70 countries. Working from photos of urban scenes, he creates realistic renderings and partial glimpses of city streets, office windows, subway stations, railway yards, piers and bridges in Yokohama, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Shanghai and dozens of other cities wordwide. He violates the precision of the acrylic paintings by fragmenting the composition or splashing them with dripping paint and other pictorial treatments.

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Mia Johnson


 Wed, Nov 2, 2011