ART – Jane Burns: Enigma Paintings ~ Toronto painter inspires; her human figure steps out among vastness of nature – Sept 19, Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

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Jane Burns: Enigma Paintings

Highly regarded Toronto impressionistic painter and printmaker inspires with new series. Although for Burns the paintings are somewhat autobiographical, they ask big questions; her human figure steps out among light, birds, rain and the vastness of nature – opening reception, September 19 at Leonardo Galleries, Toronto

Toronto, ON, September 12, 2013 – Toronto impressionistic painter and printmaker Jane Burns showcases her latest series ‘Enigma Paintings’. The solo exhibit begins Thursday, September 19 with a public (artist attended) opening reception (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and runs to October 12, 2013 at Leonardo Galleries, Yorkville (112 Scollard St., Toronto, ON, M5R 1G2). Note: Burns will also be present on Saturday, September 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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Jane Burns, who was mentored by respected Canadian artists Hugh Mackenzie and Roly Fenwick, states, “Man’s relationship to nature is always important. We are part of it, and it is part of us. It is nature’s mysteries that intrigue me in these works.

“Recently, my searches for a visual language to further realize my vision led me through the works of post-impressionists and the Fauves. It was then, as I applied layers of paint to the linen canvas, that my imagery began to appear. The figures in these narrative works reach for the light.

In ‘Irish Loop’, a figure appears at the centre of land, sea and sky, and ‘Butterflies’ is developed in delicate layers of watercolour on washi paper. “To me, it represents the push and pull of constant change.”

Burns easily moves from the figurative to the abstract; there is a nuance between the tactile surface and the underlying image. The work has a strong physicality with sections whisper thin, juxtaposed against areas of intense colour density.

Jane Burns has earned an esteemed reputation for her teaching, fine works and exhibitions. She was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, and now lives in both Toronto and Owen Sound. She completed a fine arts studio degree at University of Toronto. She teaches printmaking in Toronto. For over twenty years her works have appeared in exhibitions across Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) and the United States (New York, Los Angeles) and are a part of many permanent art collections (such as University of Toronto, Carleton University Art Gallery and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto).

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Leonardo Galleries (a member of the Yorkville Art Galleries Collective), Toronto is devoted to the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery represents local and international artists and has a significant collection of works of art in painting, print-media, sculpture and photography. Leonardo Galleries also specializes in museum-standard custom framing and expert art restoration.


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