Artist’s Statement: “I primarily work with watercolours, acrylics, and oil. I also use a mixture of techniques including impactor, pouring, dripping with different grounds, gels and pastes. I like to paint realistic and abstract images of seascapes and woodlands.”
Bernard Quintal is one of the first artists to take up our new “Studios by the Sea” residency challenge, which was initiated in 2018. Sunbury Shores have been impressed and excited with his focus and progress on his chosen work. He has attended for a total of 3 weeks, dedicating over 180 hours to active practice.
Bernard has pushed himself to explore new techniques and expand his scale and vision to create a series of images, with very measurable success. He has created a vibrant and highly appealing body of work, with a clear goal for future exploration and development.
We have very much enjoyed being part of this process, and will be happy to offer him a place in our Artists in Residency Exhibition for 2020.
Artist’s statement: “I am an emerging textile artist who does hand hooked surface art. I create my works by drawing on burlap or linen. I combine recycled fabrics, garments, hand-spinned yarns, hand-dyed yarns and natural fibers to establish interesting colors and contrast in textures, bringing my sketches alive. I make original hooking designs from observations, imagination and memories. My work comes from my soul, intuition is my guide. I love to play with colors, textures and different heights and thicknesses of loops as I hook. I enjoy the playfulness of my art.
My works are described as abstract realism. Whether it is a seascape, a cityscape or flowers, I want the viewer to feel happy in the moment, taking a respite from the chaos of everyday living. I also want the viewer to discover the diversity, richness and characteristics of the fibers.”
Lucie Quintal is also one of the first artists to take up this challenge, and she too has dedicated a total of 3 weeks, with over 180 hours to active practice.
Lucie has found great inspiration in the stories and dialogues she has encountered during her time with us, and this has greatly informed her approach to her hand-hooking. She has pushed herself to increase her scale and the language potential of her medium beyond her already highly successful use of colour and texture. She has developed a new initiative for her next project/collection, moving forward to new levels of application.
Watching this process has been a privilege for all of us at Sunbury Shores, and we look forward to her exhibiting in our Artists in Residency Exhibition for 2020.