The works painted for the Studio 21 exhibition continue an exploration started in Mexico a few years ago and are also influenced by recent travels in France.
Exploration of a horizontal theme is common to all of the works. Light and color are both important in these works. In general, there is a lot of layering of colors that partially derives from extended viewing of Mexican walls in their rather beautiful evolution in time, color and texture. The use of oil paint contributes to transparency and a build up of layers so that a certain depth is generally visible. In exploring the same theme in a somewhat repetitive manner, through altering forms slightly, one can create a considerable amount of variety. These works are perhaps more Canadian in color than previous ones done in Mexico, but the trip to the Midi in France touched strongly on yellow fields against blue sky.
I hope the viewer has a chance to dream a little when looking at my paintings– that they can reflect and perhaps take on a contemplative state.
Born in West Vancouver, BC in 1937, David Sorensen’s work has been exhibited across Canada and around the world. He holds a diploma from the Vancouver School of Art, where he studied under Jack Shadbolt, and also studied architecture at the University of British Columbia with Arthur Erickson. He was a professor of art at Bishop’s University, in Quebec, from 1981 until 2000.