“Contemporary art galleries continue
to be the platform for many emerging
artists,” says Jeanine Messeguer, director
of the Whistler Contemporary Gallery.
Searching for these rising stars of the art
world is an exciting endeavour, and the
gallery owners travel widely to visit many
of the major art fairs to discover new work
by emerging artists, such as Jay Kelly. “At
first glance, he convinces viewers that
his medium is paint rather than paper,”
Messeguer says. “With closer study,
they uncover the paper intricacies of his
subjects through minute variations in
colour, shape and size, whilst fragmented
sentences echo the tone and theme of the
Mixed-media artist Jallen is intrigued
with nature and chaos. She uses an
addition and subtraction process of paint
to create her artwork and often introduces
untamed scratches carved directly into
the panel, resulting in works displaying
both a natural and abstracted character.
Collected by both locals and international
visitors, her ginormous mixed-media
butterfly paintings embody the
metamorphism that her beautiful subjects
undertake in real life.
Eleven years ago, Mark Richards worked
as an engineer in high tech when he had
the spark of an idea to create fine art
using the latest digital photography tools.
Taking a massive risk, Richards quit his
career and moved out West. He developed
a completely unique artistic process and
opened the Mark Richards Gallery, where
his exquisite landscapes are featured.
His piece “Soo Valley,” shot in the valley
north of Whistler, was taken after the
first snowfall, and shows the transition
from fall to winter.
Richards combines his digital
photography with painting, using
electronic pens on a tablet. His
photographs of vibrant West Coast and
East Coast landscapes are transformed
through the process, taking on a lush,
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