Bugera Matheson presents Shawn Serfas and Robert Dmytruk
“I create pictures of foreign, remote, unknown, and liminal terrains, both atmospheric and subterranean. Alloyed Prairie is a junction point between environmental sciences, the landscape and issues bordering abstraction and representation.…
Shawn is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts department, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Although initially drawn to an academic career in the environmental sciences, he pursued Fine Arts and Art History degrees in Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Alberta. He has taught for the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. His research interests include contemporary painting, drawing and printmaking practices concerning relational abstraction, environmental aesthetics, religion, the landscape as well as issues bordering abstraction and representation.
He was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and grew up exploring the northern reaches of his home province’s lakes and river systems. Prince Albert, often called the gateway to the north, is located in the broad valley of the North Saskatchewan River near the geographical center of the province where the agricultural prairie of the south meets the rich forest belt of the north. It is close to the famous Emma Lake artist’s school where many influential artists have lived and worked.
ROBERT DMYTRUK uses painting, drawing, and mixed media to create colorful, lively, light-hearted works. Robert has been making art for more than forty years. Robert’s most recent body of work.
Robert’s most recent body of work, the ‘polka dot series’, invites words like instinctive, fantastical, playful/whimsical and at times naively objective. They are paintings/drawings influenced by many excursions to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The local artisans and contemporary artists of that community, whose uninhibited use of pattern, colour, shape and form, implanted a vision that is projected in this new series of paintings. His work also has links to the bold patterns, colours, and mythologies associated with his Ukrainian/Polish heritage.
This exhibit includes works on canvas from his “polka dot series”, as well as collage works using paper and canvas as a constructed substrate. Dmytruk’s explores on canvas with a combination of oil, acrylic, and spray paint. His collage works include drawing infusing charcoal into this combination of paints. Patterns, textures and audacious colours are integrated into the compositions to create the spatial harmony in his work.
Previously based in Edmonton, Robert currently lives in Summerland, British Columbia where he creates full time in his studio. Additionally, he was an instructor/teacher of art at the Victoria School of Art in Edmonton. After many years of teaching he was appointed as the art curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Public School Board. He conducted art workshops and lectures for fine art teachers in Edmonton and throughout the province of Alberta.
See his artist page for more information
Canada T5N 1R1
Tuesday – Friday
11am – 5pm
10am – 5pm
Closed on Public Holidays
Tel: (780) 482-2854