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Shifts in Perception: Art by Yvonne Vander Kooi

An abstracted painting of a young girlMoeder, acrylic on canvas

Located on Vancouver Island, Yvonne Vander Kooi creates semi-abstract paintings that express shifts in perception, while maintaining a focus on the materiality of paint. Yvonne’s recent works frequently feature childlike human figures and highly saturated colors.


An abstracted painting of a female figure on a yellow washBecoming 4, acrylic on canvas

I really enjoy the way that this artist effortlessly blends figurative and abstract work. While she tends toward abstract backgrounds sitting behind more defined figures, Yvonne still manages to create the illusion that the two styles exist on the same plane, bleeding into one another and drawing the viewer’s eye around the entirety of the painting.


A screen capture of Yvonne Vander Kooi's art websiteYvonne's Remnants series on her website


In her previous series, Remnants, Yvonne captures the odd, unpredictable shapes and appearances of various flora. Using the medium of paint, she explores the parallels between seemingly random brush strokes, and the natural patterns of leaves and flower petals. Like her human figures, these nature images seem to capture several simultaneous impressions of a single subject, adding depth and a sense of narrative. 


An abstract painting of plant stems and leavesUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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