Zan Barrage
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Zan Barrage Jun 8, 2014.

This is a good read from PAPA
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Through my artwork I attempt to explore light on the Canadian Landscape. There is a certain temperature to the light up here, a crispness that is uniquely Canadian. Maybe because I have lived and traveled around the world, I have become sensitive to the light signatures of different places. The orange glow of the Mediterranean, the blazing mauves of the South West, and the viridian cast of the Highlands. They all speak to me in a harmony of colours. The Canadian radiance is a language of its own. Delicate but savage; rich but not overwhelming – elegant. I hope it comes through in my work.

What began as an inward journey to escape the war ravaged city that I grew up in, has metamorphosed from dark brooding symbolism in my youth, to colourful optimism and a celebration of light today. My brother made a living as a painter and his work gained a level of success overseas. I grew up in his shadow and still remember his birthday gifts of watercolour boxes that served as the gateway to my inward escapades. I still remember bleeding the colours together while the crackle of machine guns and mortar rounds rose above ELP, Pink Floyd and Yes. Nous Sommes Du Soleil. Ha! Those were the dark days.

Some say that a great body of artwork tells a story. Perhaps a body of artwork can be pronounced great or tell a story when it is done. I don’t know. Others say that you are not so great that you can afford to be humble; I am not trying to be. I paint because I fall in love with a moment. Sometimes I capture it successfully, and other times – too many times – I fail. In my journey, I am sure a story is unfolding. For now I live in the narrative one colour note, one stroke of a brush, and one moment at a time.

I am proud to say that my artwork has seeped into private collections from Australia through Europe to North America. I cherish all my collectors and value their choice to own my artwork. In a way, a work of art is not whole until someone owns it. I am grateful for that.
I am the recipient of the 2010 Forest Award and the 2009 Lodge Award for plein air painting in Ontario. I have organized and presently lead the Ontario Plein Air Society, a group of Ontario painters dedicated to painting the Canadian landscape from life.

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At 9:05pm on April 28, 2014, Pam Cunningham said…

..yep, a really good blog.

At 8:42am on April 27, 2014, Monica Burnside said…

You have a great blog Zan! I'm going to enjoy being part of the OPAS group!


At 2:09pm on January 18, 2014, James Middleton said…

I don't run it anymore, as I moved to Nova Scotia last year. One of the members, Tara, has taken over and they have moved to a new location.

I now do life drawing in Mahone Bay and paint along the beautiful South Shore. I have also met quite a few painters here, as the place seems to attract artistic types. 

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