Collin Johanson: Watercolours
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This new collection of watercolours were painted this past summer depicting impressionistic renderings of nature scenes from Collin Johanson’s travels.
Over several trips to Jasper National Park, Johanson paints forested landscapes. The fluidity of the watercolour and ink is used in a concise, direct manner to capture the essence of the subject in sparse brushwork. These paintings serve as research towards a forthcoming body of work which will incorporating the organic and chaotic qualities of his abstract depictions of nature against rigid architectural forms, and linear perspective.
Other paintings are rendered from the Vancouver Island shoreline, close to where Johanson grew up. Johanson captures the weathered and wispy oak and fir trees that twist out from the rock.
Trips to visit friends and family resulted in images from rural southern Pennsylvania and the Laurentians, Québec.
Collin Johanson is based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton, AB. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University (2004) and his MFA from Concordia University (2013). Johanson’s paintings often exist in a state between figuration and abstraction, where forms never fully become fixed. Instability keeps these images in flux, resisting easy interpretation. Johanson won the Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in 2014, and was an RBC Painting Competition finalist in 2008. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the National Gallery of Canada (ON), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (ON), the Contemporary Art Gallery (BC), Regart (QC), Access Gallery (BC), and the Surrey Art Gallery (BC).