The Nanaimo Art Gallery, Vancouver Island University branch, 900 Fifth Street, is presenting A Moment In Time with portraits created in Duncan during the 2008 North American Indigenous Games by Cowichan Valley artist Lynda Faulks. When the games were announced, Faulks saw this event as an opportunity to celebrate First Nations people not just through the vehicle of sports but through portraiture as well. She suggested to a few of the games coordinators that she would like to paint some of the Coast Salish people in their regalia during this sporting event and the idea was accepted.
Lynda Faulks is an accomplished artist and award winning art teacher who has lived and worked in the Cowichan Valley for the past 28 years. Faulks paints with a very dry brush on a natural linen surface. She confides: “I bought this canvas for another project and loved working with it. It was the obvious choice for this project because the natural linen colour created a skin tone.” She uses a dry brush in the work, most noticeably in the feathers in two of the paintings. The challenge in using this material as a base is that there is little opportunity to correct mistakes which puts a lot of pressure on the painter and demands a level of skill and commitment.
Faulks speaks of the process of creating this body of work as her own personal Olympics. The project demanded that she invoke the sum total of her training and experience to focus on the challenge. She states that creating a portrait is a concentrated and fleeting experience, and she felt that she had to be there with the people at the North American Indigenous Games so her project could compliment their “moment in time.” If you love painting and portraiture you must see this show. The work is exceptional and not to be missed.
“A Moment In Time” runs from May 15 to June 7, 2009, with an opening reception on Friday, May 29, 2009, from 7-9 pm. For more information, call 250-740-6350.