Aug 072012

Wurm Gallery | Invisible Cinema presents:

CANIS FLORA

Paintings by Lindsay Campbell

One Month Exhibit
August 10th – September 12th, 2012

Opening Night: This Friday August 10th 8pm
Drinks and homemade vegan treats

About the show:
Canis Flora is a very lighthearted and fun body of work. It was a chance for me to take a break from my usual style which can be very emotionally taxing. Although I am no longer a supporter of breeding, I have always been fascinated by how many different breeds of dogs there are. What other mammal has such a wide range of variety and characteristics like the domestic dog. All animals are fascinating and beautiful, but dogs hold a very special place in my heart.

I drew some characters after I was approached for this show. One of them being a spaniel surrounded by blossoms. I pushed it further and suddenly the flowers were an extension of her fur, and quickly became ears. I loved it and started drawing dog-flower hybrids. Boxers with clumps of cacti growing from their backs…Newfoundlands sprouting water lilies while they swam…even a bouquet of Chihuahua hydrangeas. The best part was pairing up different dog breeds to species of flower. I tried to match up similar shapes, textures, and personalities. I saw pansies in the flat faces of Shih Tzu and bunches of lilacs in the curly hair of a Poodle. The possibilities were endless and addicting. All species, be it plant or mammal, share a collective heart and spirit under God…so it wasn’t difficult to find similarity and flow between them.

For 3 months I painted these strange hybrids. I drew a lot of inspiration from vintage botanical illustrations and tried to mimic their observatory way of painting…focusing on form, colour, and details. Plain backgrounds, simple watercolour, and clean line helped achieve this effect. Some of them really started to take on a life of their own and I could often see them animated in my mind…little puppies tumbling out of terracotta pots or digging holes in the earth to rest their roots in. I only hope people will get the same joy out of them as I did and maybe come up with a hybrid or two of their own.

About Lindsay Campbell:
Lindsay Campbell is a Montreal-based artist. Her paintings positively radiate warmth, love, loss, sexuality, and tenderness. You either want to hug them, or better yet, you feel like you’re being hugged by them. Lindsay is heavily involved with animal liberation and draws inspiration and wisdom from her four legged friends. They are the reason her art is what it is today.

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