The Latcham Art Centre present’s the Right Before Your Eyes exhibit from September 20 to October 23.
Regional artist Scott Sawtell channels the curiosity and imagination from his youth and takes inspiration from comics, music and animation to inform his abstracted environments.
There is a purposeful tension between realistic and familiar imagery with palpable abstract and gestural mark making.
Sawtell’s self-reflection during the pandemic has informed and strengthened his practice by exploring the creative chaos of living in an unprecedented time, sharing images that engage the viewer’s experience and provoke an uncanny feeling.
Right Before Your Eyes represents a recent body of work that characterizes endless transformations in the balance between realism and abstraction. By combining various colours, forms and patterns with recognizable elements of nature and humanity, Sawtell presents new fragmented realities that seem to be constantly emerging and rapidly changing from one state to another. In doing so, his artwork continually shifts and unfolds in front of the viewer, encouraging deeper engagement.
To attend the opening reception on September 10, register at www.latchamartcentre.ca for either the 7-8 p.m. or the 8-9 p.m. time slot. Sawtell will be in attendance.
Image: Scott Sawtell, Pets the wets and the colds ones too (Trailing off), Oil on canvas, 48 x 59.5 inches, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.