The contemplative Art of Bruno Capolongo
November 25, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Sunday, November 26, 2-4pm
Grimsby artist Bruno Capolongo is well-known to many regional art lovers for his exquisitely crafted oil and encaustic paintings. He has with great skill explored landscape, still-life, the human figure, interior and exterior architectural scenes, as well as developed his own vocabulary for increasing and layering meaning by combining elements of the more traditional depictions with geometric and painterly abstraction and in multi-panel formats.
In his most recent body of work, the Kintsugi series, Capolongo explores kintsugi and the related Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi (where flaws and imperfections are embraced) as a metaphor for human experience. Kintsugi (golden joinery) or kintsukuroi (golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or other precious metals. Rather than attempting to hide the breakage, what is broken is accented, becoming part of the object’s history. Capolongo continues to paint elegant Asian pottery, especially of the Ming and Qing dynasties, but in these new paintings it is no longer their original perfection that attracts him, but a new understanding of the beauty of inherent flaws. Capolongo has said “Kintsugi is for me the art of becoming whole, of finding beauty and meaning through the fractures and fragments of life, of seeing life as made up of these pieces, jagged as they are, as in a mosaic.”
With these paintings Capolongo has reached a new level of understanding of life and the human condition and of his own role as a visual artist. GPAG is pleased and honoured to present these exquisite works that so perfectly blend the artist’s study of Eastern thought with his mastery of traditional Western technique to produce a contemplative whole.
Bruno Capolongo studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCA) and Vermont College of Art (MFA). He exhibits internationally and is widely represented in both private and public collections. He lives and works in Grimsby, ON and teaches out of his home studio.
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Craig & Sue Tallman
January 20 - March 11
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 21 2-4pm
Originally curated by Bryce Kanbara for the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Indian Summer invites the viewer on an unexpected journey. Through her work, Niro calls attention to the absurdity inherent in the conflicting images that persevere in shaping societal assumptions about Indigenous culture. Her compositional choices reflect her calm presence and create empowering images and a positive framework for conversation about past and present oppression and future elimination of barriers. She offers the viewer an opportunity to take a new look at what shapes our understanding of Indigenous people.
Shelley Niro is a multi-disciplinary artist and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She lives in Brantford and works in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her 30 year career has been devoted to challenging stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples.
Niro has received many honours and awards including being the first recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award in 2012, and in 2017, the Scotiabank Photography Award and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Her work is in many public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Portrait Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.