'Fantastical' Grottesque opens at Saint Mary's Art Gallery

Above, artist Bev Pike at the show opening, in front of her piece,  Buried Dancing Pavilion.

Above, artist Bev Pike at the show opening, in front of her piece, Buried Dancing Pavilion.

Artist Bev Pike debuted Grottesque on Friday, January 10th. The opening saw students, faculty and staff coming out to view the artwork and meet the artist. 

Gallery director and curator, Robin Metcalfe, warmly introduced the artist and the exhibition's curator Blair Fornwald of the Regina Public Library, and discussed Pike’s work. Grottesque comes to Saint Mary’s as part of the Dunlop Art Gallery Exhibition, having first been shown at Museum London in London, ON.

Pike, who hails from Winnipeg and is a graduate of Alberta College of Art, is known for her work which depicts landforms on massively scaled canvas.

Pike explained that this collection of huge landscape paintings represents her fantasy underground world where humans would reside after mass evacuations of the earth’s surface. These landscapes included titled works such as Buried Dancing Pavilion, Subterranean Day Spa, and a Cavernous Sun Parlour. The sites depicted in these works represent no only an escape from the surface world, but places of leisure and beauty.

Grottesque will run until March 10, and no entrance fee will be required. For more information, visit www.smuartgallery.ca.

Article submitted by Claire MacGillivray.