March 2011 "Avalon"
"Avalon" is a collection of landscapes in acrylic capturing moments of tranquility throughout the rugged Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland.
"I recently traveled to the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. It was my first time traveling to the region and I immediately fell in love with the rugged beauty of the land. Amazing vistas, islands of rock and colourful houses captivated me the entire time I was there. In this new series of works, I wanted to bring to the viewer the same feeling I experienced and bring that amazing light and colour to the canvas.
In every painting I produce there is always an emotional connection, whether a lonely tree in a golden field of wheat, rolling hills next to a red barn or cliffs against a dramatic sky. I strive to capture a moment of tranquillity in my work through colour and movement, while balancing between realism and expressionism.
My chosen medium is acrylic. Its versatility allows me to play with light and shadow. While exaggerating these elements, I continue to focus on producing works that are believable.
In today's fast-paced world, with its emphasis on multitasking, we tend to be constantly moving. My intention is to either give the viewer the opportunity to stop for a moment and recall a memory that is both nostalgic and inspirational, or to take them to a place that allows reflection."
About Dijon Curley
Dijon Curley has been surrounded by art his entire life. His mother & father, well-known artists Rosalie Bishop and Donald Curley, have both been Dijon's inspiration and teachers.
After a term at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Dijon began to experiment and explore his creativity on his own. Over the years he has gained a reputation for his elaborate and decorative cakes. He has been commissioned by clients in Nova Scotia and outside of Canada.
For the past 7 years Dijon has returned to his painting roots and has completed a series of landscapes, which are his favourite subject. Drawing on local scenery, he incorporates his love of colour, light and shadow as well as the influence from his mother and father. He also attributes his inspiration from artists such as Van Gogh, Alphonse Mucha, Raoul Dufy as well as many other contemporary artists.
"I feel that what an artist conveys on canvas is even more powerful if they can convey the same feeling to the person viewing the work. My love of painting has been in my blood since I was a small child and was surrounded by creativity in my upbringing. I love expressing my emotions on canvas, especially when anyone viewing my work will feel the same joy I feel when I'm creating the work."
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Pictured: Dijon Curley, "Waking Up, Signal Hill" acrylic on canvas