I recently received an invitation on facebook to an upcoming show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria called "Portraits Redefined", featuring the works of local artists Laura Bifano, Lee McClure, and Ben Van Netten. All three of these artists are worth a look, but while checking out the links I was particularly intrigued by some paintings by Laura Bifano, a Victoria-based painter and illustrator:
I keep looking at these, trying to decide what it is that appeals to me so much. These animals are so sculptural - monumental, actually. I like how solid and imposing they are, and the way in which they take up space in the painting. I'm usually pretty anti-whimsy, but I think I like the whimsical aspect of these paintings. Could it be the fine balance of whimsy and monument?
The opening for "Portraits Redefined" is this Saturday, October 6th, from 2 - 4 pm - admission is free. http://www.facebook.com/events/353683574718654/