Renie Spoelstra – Toronto

The first exhibit in Canada showing the charcoal drawings of Renie Spoelstra is on now and continues through April 2nd at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

Renie Spoelstra - Recreation Area - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Recreation Area, charcoal on paper, 95 x 138″, 2010.

Renie Spoelstra crafts her charcoal drawings in studio working from video stills and other photographic material. It can be a challenge to translate photographs into other media but the artist manages to breathe the sort of life into her compositions that you may expect from a plein air situation.

Renie Spoelstra - Car #3 - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Car #3, charcoal on paper, 12 x 16″, 2010.

Spoelstra often selects imagery that captures the asides of life. Drawings from photographs taken whilst driving offer another look at the mundane that gains appreciation with examination. Darkness broods in a very literal way through this work. The shadows within the shadows enlighten the viewer to the subtle power that teems through our periphery.

Renie Spoelstra - Driving #2 - 2010
Renie Spoelstra, Driving #2, charcoal on paper, 16 x 20″, 2010.

Renie Spoelstra
10 March – 2 April 2011
Nicholas Metivier Gallery

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