‘BIG & BOLD: From Lilies to Lanterns’, Paintings by Ingrid Fawcett, September 5 – 26, 2009

'Chinatown' by Ingrid Fawcett

‘Chinatown’ by Ingrid Fawcett

Ingrid Fawcett

“Art is literacy of the heart.” Elliot Eisner

Painting slows me down. Like so many of us, my life is busy and sometimes hectic. My painting time is a meditative and joyful space in a busy and complicated world. When I paint, I flow between the conscious and the unconscious. Through the process of losing myself I am able to find my painting. Sometimes my brushstrokes are intentional and focused; there is me, my tools and the canvas, and at other times I enter a meditative flow, and there is no separation; I am the painting, the painting is me. Each painting has its own story, and as I take the time to get to know it, to feel its heart, the images call out to me, the painting speaks, and a poem unfolds.

I paint only images and subjects that excite me. There is an obsession in my work to find an energized moment, magnify it larger than life in both size and colour and hold that energy so that it invites us deep into its heart. When I was a child I would stand at our hallway mirror pushing my palm against its glass, hoping, like Alice in Through the Looking Glass, I could enter an alternate world. I have found that world with my paintings. When I look into the Peony I am enveloped into her petals of peace, or I jump feet first into the noisy world of the lion dance in Chinatown New Year I. My work vibrates with bold colour and strong brush strokes. People who see my art say it glows with positive energy and they often claim that I must be a very happy person. Generally, I am, and I invite you to share that energy, one painting at a time.

“Painting is silent poetry, poetry is painting that speaks.” Simonides (500.BC.)

'Stargazer' by Ingrid Fawcett

‘Stargazer’ by Ingrid Fawcett

by Tish Saunders
I had been planning to show my work in September at the gallery, and then the opportunity came up to have a show of Ingrid Fawcett’s work. I was delighted and therefore I have postponed my show until next year so that everyone could have a chance to see this fantastic work before it is no longer available.  Insight Gallery goers will recognize her work from previous groups shows.  She had some beautiful paintings of peonies in the Nov/Dec. Bohemian Embassy Show last year, and  some very large paintings of tulips and hyacinths  in the Flowers, Gardens and Gardens of the Mind show in June.  Her pieces are beautifully executed, painted freely and colourfully while managing to capture so well the characteristics of whatever it is that she is painting.  She often gets so involved with the subject matter that she is moved to write poetry about it.  Ingrid lives in Victoria, in Oak Bay, and she regularly visits the island – she loves everything about Galiano.  She sketches and photographs every time she visits and continues to be intrigued by this place. She recently had a one-person show at the MacPherson Playhouse in Victoria, was a part of the Moss Street Paint-In and has some of her work presently in the Small Works Show at the Art Gallery of Victoria.  I am so excited to soon see the gallery filled with her paintings and I know that viewers will be inspired and amazed with the work she has done.

'Red Lantern' by Ingrid Fawcett

‘Red Lantern’ by Ingrid Fawcett

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