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Studio Sundays: the Art Studio of Mercedes Helnwein

Mercedes Helnwein in her art studio
Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of Mercedes Helnwein. Her images capture a 60's style paired with an ominous anonymity. Rendering with pastel and pencil she often works from stills of videos that she creates. Her work has a very dramatic nature which comes across in the facial expressions and the poses of the figures. The dramatic lighting furthers the effect nicely as serious women with unwavering gazes strike a curious blend of tension and distance.
Mercedes Helnwein's painting on the wall of her studio

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Artist in residence Rebecca Chaperon

Rebecca Chaperon is our Artist-in-Residence

With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, her paintings often follow the thread of a heroine's misadventures through a surreal landscape.

She's had the pleasure of teaching at Langara College and given community workshops on painting techniques with an emphasis on watercolour, oil and acrylic. She is a board member at the Grunt gallery.

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