May 10 to 30, 2018 - Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Vernissage: Sunday May 20, 1 – 4 pm
Artist’s talk: Sunday May 27, 2pm
Galerie Old Chelsea is pleased to present My Country Is Winter by Chelsea artist Reid McLachlan who has finally returned to his studio to paint. After putting down his brushes to pursue a remarkable 2 ½ year creative experiment where he honed his traditional drawing skills, McLachlan is back reinvigorated, inspired, and with a brand new series of paintings.
Winter - a ubiquitous Canadian stereotype that has become exaggerated, tired, and hackneyed over the years; arguably nowhere more so than in the province of Québec. Or has it?
For artist Reid McLachlan, a middle-aged guy who was born in Montréal, schooled in Ottawa, and who has lived and painted in Chelsea, Québec for the last 27 years, winter has become a powerful metaphor for the culture and politics of his home province. His new collection of paintings My Country is Winter digs into the pure white snow that covers la belle province and lays bare what is slumbering beneath.
What he uncovers reveals his complicated feelings and experiences as an anglophone Québécois living on unceded Algonquin territory in Québec. He explores themes of isolation, rejection and identity through his stories, iconography, and the unique symbolism of his practice. Although these narratives are personal and sometimes coded, they speak to the universality of these feelings and ultimately to what it means to be human.
At first glance McLachlan's paintings may appear innocuous, sometimes even beautiful; but dig a little deeper, peer below the surface, and you will find layers of meaning and emotion that will reveal the complex relationship the artist has with Québec. This is a relationship that, with all of its problems, tensions, and worries is ultimately built upon love.
Galerie Old Chelsea is a collective of regional artists located in the beautiful Gatineau Hills above Les Fougères restaurant situated at 783 route 105, Chelsea, Québec, J9B1P1.
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