Khai Foo: Real Estate
Pengah Gallery, Vancouver
May 30 - July 2
vertabrae 1 (1996),
oil on canvas
KHAI FOO, Vancouver-based painter
is best known for his oil on canvas urban landscapes. His
paintings combine realistic and impressionistic elements to
portray scenes of motion and alienation within the city.
In the past, Foo's works have always dealt with the
issues surrounding the individual and his relationship with
the larger community. "Real Estate" continues in this vein
by exploring the idea of society's encroachment into space.
Drawing inspiration from the increasing development of the
Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Foo's paintings depict
the construction of urban space as both living environment
and commodity -- the physical construction of buildings is
mirrored by the social construction of real estate.
Foo graduated first in his class with a B.F.A. from the
University of British Columbia in 1993 and has exhibited in
many group and solo shows over the last four years. Foo's
paintings are an insightful and timely record chronicling a
city in a state of transition.