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Marlene Dumas on Why She Paints

painting by Marlene Dumas with quote
Marlene Dumas could be one of my favourite painters of all time.  It's only my humble opinion but when I look at her work I never sense any hesitation - only this amazing combination of intuitive expressive movement and directness of rendering the subject. I find her quote above to be fascinating as I rarely stop to think why I have I chosen to be a painter? What draws me to this medium? "The content of the painting can't be separated from the feel of the surface"  - I am going to meditate on this for a while, it's too much to fully understand in just one sitting. Mind. Blown. So here is Marlene and more of her work. I am not worthy.


Marlene Dumas stands in front of her artwork


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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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