Join us Saturday June 10 from 2 - 5 pm for the Opening Reception of Hilary Prince's exhibition of new abstract works - "Arathusa".
Hilary Prince studied painting at the Johannesburg School of Art, Johannesburg South Africa and her work is in numerous public and corporate collections and in private collections across Canada.
"In 2015 I came across a single surviving abstract painting of mine from 1980.
When I was at art school in the 60's, we concentrated on abstract painting and I continued in that vein on and off, until, after being in Canada for four years, I switched to landscape. At that time, the Canadian landscape, and especially the skies, pulled me in the direction of landscape painting. Having grown up in South Africa with its similar big skies and open landscape, I found a connection. Looking at this 'lost abstract' again, I could see that there was something in it which made me want to try my hand once again at abstract painting. After some experimentation, I arrived at a fairly simple format.
The small landscape in the show is named 'Arathusa', after a safari lodge in South Africa, in an area that I know well, and most of the abstracts come out of this little picture, in terms of colour and feeling. Most of the paintings are 'hot', like the place itself, and the titles are nearly all of places surrounding Arathusa.
My landscape paintings are, of necessity, restricted in their colour, but there is no such limitation in abstract painting, and these new paintings of mine have allowed a freedom in that area that has surprised and pleased me." - Hilary Prince