Date - Saturday, February 13, 2016
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Walkabout Tour with Eileen MacArthur
Boarding House Gallery (6 Dublin St. S., Guelph)
Join us on Saturday, February 13 at 2 pm for a Walkabout Tour with artist Eileen MacArthur at Boarding House Gallery in downtown Guelph. Refreshments courtesy of AGG.
The exhibition Inconsolable, on view at Boarding House Gallery until March 12, features a new and ambitious body of figurative work by painter Eileen MacArthur (Arthur, ON) expressed through a skillful mastery of the oil-on-panel technique. Her approach to the traditional tropes of portrait and oil painting is contemporized by her source imagery (screen shots from reality TV shows), her liberal use of white space, and her choice of the square as a compositional device. Conceptually, MacArthur chose to represent anonymous women in the midst of a poignant and emotional moment. MacArthur does not aim to exploit their pain but to articulate the distance between the subjects and the viewers, suggesting that the viewers’ gaze through art (versus television) is a more contemplative one although no less invasive.
MacArthur is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (BFA 2003) and of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph (MFA 2005).