Workman’s Creek Landscapes by Joel Loblaw
Exhibit Run: September 20, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Workman’s Creek Landscapes | Artist Statement
Workman’s Creek Landscapes is a collection of abstract oil paintings inspired by my interest in country life. Recently moving my family from Toronto to the peaceful, rural town of Meaford, Ontario, ignited me with a new appreciation and passion for nature and a minimalist lifestyle that I aim to reflect in my work. With an abstract painting style, I’m visualizing landscapes through bold colours and compositions. I like to mix oil paints, wax, fire and burnt plywood, so that each piece is an experiment in colour, texture and material.
In addition, I sometimes burn the wood canvases. Not only is burning an important step in forest rejuvenation and ecology, it also reminds me to keep my work fresh and evolving. I am a landscape designer by trade, but painting frees me to look at landscapes from a new perspective, which is constantly re-igniting my love for nature, and inspiring me to continue doing what I love.
About Joel Loblaw
Joel Loblaw is a Landscape Designer and painter who divides his time between Toronto and Meaford, Ontario.
His early paintings were in the classic Canadian landscape tradition, but his style quickly evolved into abstracted landscapes. He hopes that his art will uplift and transport the viewer into the mindset of nature.
Joel’s paintings reflect his love for colour and composition and feature a variety of materials and textures such as oil paint, burnt plywood and encaustic. His work has been featured in numerous Toronto solo exhibitions.