Abstraction is one of the purest art forms for TREVA MICHELLE, one that allows the artist to express and emote free of academic restraints or social constructs. She calls upon the help of a plethora of vibrant colours to run through her brushes, hands and any tools she can find in order to create emotionally powerful pieces, each with their own identity, personality and soul. Each of her pieces is meant to inspire and evoke emotions very specific to the viewer, placing the meaning on the individual reaction instead on the piece itself. Moreover, she is further inspired by the responses to her work, congealing the viewers' experiences into new pieces.
LINDA DERAMAIX's paintings relate to an exploration of the human soul. Often amazed at how people are changed and shaped by their experience, she explores the inner core of the individual (the soul) and the processes of personal transformation. Does each person have a soul? What would it look like if it were represented visually? Are protectors and angels watching out for us? How the strength of a person’s authentic core can be conveyed? LINDA opts to meld the human form with the natural world in her quest to represent the human and the divine, particularly influenced by the metamorphosis process of the insect world, as a testimony to the beauty of the human spirit, regardless of circumstance.
TREVA MICHELLE is a local artist born and raised in Toronto and studying fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. As a painter and mixed media artist, her work has become a way of expressing her innermost thoughts and ideas. Working from her home studio, TREVA's creative approach is very intimate and personal, embracing and celebrating the positive aspects of today's world, often creating unique representations of parts of her own life and the city of Toronto. Please visit http://www.trevamichelle.com/
Toronto based Visual Artist and Arts Educator LINDA DERAMAIX is known for her bold designs and her ability to inspire others through art. She grew up immersed in her father, sculptor John Deramaix’s art studio and her mother Fern’s bright quilt designs. This early influence continues to impinge her artistic sensibility and joyful approach to the creative arts. LINDA can be found at her studio space at Akin Collective or facilitating art programs thru her Arts Education business, ArtPlusUS. For more information, please visit http://www.artplusus.com/
EXPRESSIONS OF THE SPIRIT art show & sale will continue until Saturday March 2nd, 2013. Located at the store's mezzanine, the Origo Books Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 5:30pm.
Opening date: Friday February 8th, 2013 at 6:00pm.