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Landscapes of Light: Painting by Dennis Ekstedt


A painting of a mountainous form made from points of lightLodestar #29, oil on canvas

Painter Dennis Ekstedt looks specifically at man-made lights, creating landscapes of light on dark, enveloping backgrounds. In some of the artist’s more recent works, the paintings develop beyond the expected grid-like structure of city lights, forming castles and fortresses of shining points.

 

A painting of points of light forming a structure on a red backgroundLodestar #25, oil on canvas

In our previous feature, Dennis’ paintings of cities at night seemed to reference real places, taking on the structure and feeling of an expansive city seen from an airplane window at night. His latest works transport the viewer to a new and dream-like location, where rather than individual lights representing structures and buildings, it seems as though palatial buildings are constructed out of pure light.

 

A screen capture of Dennis Ekstedt's art websitewww.dennisekstedt.com

I really enjoy the ghostly look that Dennis is able to achieve through his painting techniques, where each point of light spreads out and seems to fade the black background of the painting to a lighter grey.  Entire areas of light seem to mesh together into a hazy but tangible fabric. Dennis’ solo exhibition, Lodestar, is currently showing at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library Gallery in Montreal, Quebec from January 21 to March 20, 2016. The opening is on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.

 

A painting of a palace form rising from points of lightLodestar #28, oil on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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