Once the dark clouds have moved off, once the wind has settled down and the rain has subsided, perhaps a patch of blue appears in the sky. Perhaps a soft yellow light infuses the air and swirls of colour enliven the depths of the shadows. After the storm, the world is charged with an expectant energy: a kind of frisson that hovers between hope and relief. The paintings in this show address this moment — when the ravages of a furious energy have waned and a suffusing, gentle light seeps into our world.
The storm is, of course, metaphoric. The light is actually just paint-on-canvas. And the landscapes are more emotive than descriptive. Nonetheless, the moment when our world shifts, when our spirit rises, when we move into the spaces that open up before us — this is a subjective reality that transforms our everyday world into a future of possibility. -Stephen Hutchings
All of Hutchings paintings consist of a charcoal drawing, which is the element that separates him from the typical painter. The energy of a drawn image is masterly mixed with soft and dramatic oil tints presenting depictions of heightened light qualities. Hutchings in essence is a master of Chiaroscuro: an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on the artist’s chosen subject matter. Over the past three decades, Stephen Hutchings’s work has been featured in numerous large-scale museum exhibitions across Canada. His work is included in many important corporate, public and private collections. Hutchings currently lives in New Brunswick. He has been represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2000.
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