The Bowman Arts Centre is exploring two diametrically opposite paint based exhibits opening, April 21.
Jim Robinson, the father of Lethbridge musician Matt Robinson, has his first ever art show “Prairie Iron.”
“It just explores his interest in the rusted iron you find scattered across the prairies,” said Darcy Logan, Bowman Arts Centre curator.
The exhibit features 17 acrylic paintings of vividly coloured rusted antique cars, fenceposts and nails.
“He has really captured the degradation and oxidation of the iron,” Logan continued.
Jim Robinson is a recent Coaldale transplant from Prince George who approached Logan with the idea.
“I saw the potential in it and immediately said yes. So a lot of these are recent works,” he said.
“He’s also a talented musician but woodworking was where he expressed his creativity. This constitutes his first significant body of work,” Logan said.
On the other end of the spectrum, “Paint Chips,” Saskatoon Masters of Fine Arts Student, Donna Bilyk’s new exhibit explores just that — paint chips and samples you can find in any paint store.
“ Paint chips is about the conceptual possibilities of paint,” Logan said.
“She took a trip to the Louvre in Paris, so “Paint Chips,” explores some of the colours she saw when she was there,” Logan continued.
“ She found it interesting, She wanted to take art out of the realm of the banal and into the extraordinary,” Logan continued.
“Paint Chips brought back the nostalgia she had from that trip,” he continued.
The exhibit features 108 different pieces including six foot tall human sized paint chip samples.
Both exhibits open April 21, with opening receptions from 7-9 p.m. at the Bowman Arts Centre. They run until May 21.