Visit PAMA to View Two Peel Artists' Landscapes
With fall now officially here – and the trees already changing colour – it's a great chance to enjoy Peel's fall landscape, both indoors and out.
You can take a trip through the surrounding countryside or visit the Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA) to view the landscape art by two Peel artists. One of Jim Reid's paintings is on display in the Peel 150: Stories of Canada exhibition until Oct. 15, but you can also book a private viewing to see more of his or Rosemary Kilbourn's work in PAMA's art collection.
Jim Reid is a Caledon artist who likes to work outdoors on the land. He has 24 paintings at PAMA. His work is connected to the nineteenth century landscape painting tradition, but he's interested in the profound shift that has taken place in our relationship with nature. He says:
"For centuries western culture has sought to demystify and control nature, and today no corner of the earth is unaltered by technology. Yet, nature remains beyond our control, infinitely complex and enigmatic, and also inseparable from our own history."
This painting from Reid's Peel Plain Series shows an area just south of the Niagara Escarpment, where the historic farmlands reveal both the working of the land and distant horizons. Reid notes that it's an endangered space because the region is being rapidly transformed by urban expansion.
Rosemary Kilbourn is also a Caledon artist who has five works in PAMA's collection. She is a figurative artist and landscape engraver. Her figures often carry stories with a biblical or mythological reference or illustrate a passage from a literary work.
While her Peel landscapes frequently show a pastoral vision and poetic lyricism, the figures are linear and sharply defined. Her landscape images create a romantic sense of remoteness. The gardens and hills lie far from the realities of urban life.
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Jim Reid, 2016, Peel Plain 30-3-16 #1, west from Mississauga Road, south of Mayfield Road
(© the artist)
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
Rosemary Kilbourn, October Pond, wood engraving on paper (© the artist)
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, gift of Barbara Steinburg