ARTsPLACE is excited to be welcoming Leya Evelyn to Annapolis Royal, with Let’s Talk. An exhibition of large-scale paintings, each 10′ x 3′. Leya will be at the reception, held a week after the opening date, on September 9, 1 – 3 pm.
The primary focus in Leya Evelyn’s artwork is colour that provokes emotion and challenges perception. The paintings seek to evoke uncensored memories and states of mind: exploring possibilities, imaginings and openings. The texture, visual impact and depth of the many layers of materials and concepts capture the complexity of life and become a metaphor for the elusiveness of knowledge and experience.
The process begins with photo-silk-screened images drawn from personal experience. Inspired by these images and emotions they fuel, paint, collage, written words, form and texture are added and build up into a density that reveals a deeper, nonliteral, experience. Removed from specific contextual references, these works become a metaphor for the elusiveness of knowledge and experience.
Leya Evelyn was born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Brown and Yale Universities. She moved from New York City to Nova Scotia in the early 1980’s. Evelyn exhibits her work widely in Canada and the U.S., as well as across Europe. She is the recipient of numerous grants from provincial and federal agencies including a Canada Council Established Artist Grant in 2000. Evelyn became an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2011.
Her work is in the collections of Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario; Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax, N.S.; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Maritime Tel & Tel Collection, Halifax, N.S.; Royal Bank, Toronto, Ontario; Citibank, Toronto; British Airways, Montreal, Quebec and many other corporate and private collections. She has taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax as well as privately.