Local part of group exhibition

North Okanagan-based artist Bryan Ryley is joining four other internationally known painters in an exhibition opening at the Kelowna Art Gallery next weekend.

  • Aug. 14, 2011 6:00 a.m.

KELOWNA –– North Okanagan-based  artist Bryan Ryley is joining four other internationally known painters in an exhibition opening at the Kelowna Art Gallery next weekend.

The exhibition, entitled The Point Is, brings together the work of five contemporary painters, all working in a large scale and in an energized zone that hovers between representation and pure abstraction.

“Traditionally, abstraction and representation have been seen as opposite poles in the world of art, but in the last 10 or 20 years, artists have been blurring the distinctions between the two ways of working,” said gallery curator Liz Wylie. “In this show, visitors will be able to contemplate examples of recent work by five very disparate artists: the five are from different generations, have different sources and influences, and live in various parts of Canada.”

Joining  Commonage-based  artist Ryley is Martin Pearce, who is based in Guelph, Ont., as well as Landon Mackenzie, Bernadette Phan and Pierre Coupey, who all live in Vancouver.

“They are linked by their interest in creating painting that may appear to be abstract, but is laden with existential content, imagery, and meaning,” said Wylie, who has written the text for a full-colour catalogue of the exhibition.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The evening will feature live entertainment by Kelowna-based rock band, The Blue Healers, refreshments and cash bar, and a charity raffle, with proceeds benefitting the gallery.

Members and guests are welcome, and tickets are not required.

The Point Is opens to the public Aug. 20 and will be on view at the Kelowna Art Gallery, located at 1315 Water St., to Oct. 30.