Aura (Lost Lagoon), 2014, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 60 in.
Quiet, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48 in.
Dana Irving’s painting style is borne of a deep affection for the Canadian landscape. From her childhood in rural Prince George, BC, surrounded by pine trees and lakes, to her subsequent home on the West Coast, nature has left an indelible mark on her sense of aesthetics and place. A musician as well, Irving’s expertise lies in channeling the currents that course through each of us into art, her stylized paintings showing how the different mediums inform each other.
This latest exhibition, “Atmosphere”, evinces a mastery in the cadence of shape and colour. A form of modern day animism, her aesthetic imparts a synchronous world in which the elements harmoniously swirl as if in awareness of their kindred origins. It serves as testament to our human experience – rooted in visual representations of the sublime. For several millennia, the fjords and rain forests of the Pacific Northwest compelled its citizens to reflect the natural environment, their cultural output founding a historical context for understanding Dana’s work. From Bill Reid and Emily Carr to Dempsey Bob and Lawren Harris, their work pays respect to our natural surroundings, acknowledging the reciprocal links between all forms of life. The elements that make up our landscape: the water, trees, mountains and sky are carved out in specific detail, each with their own unique character and personal spirit, thriving and coexisting in a comprehensive vision of balance that Irving lovingly assembles for us.
Dana Irving’s solo show Atmosphere opens September 6th at the Ian Tan Gallery.