Gareth Bate's painting series called The Floating World is currently on display at loop Gallery and runs until Sunday, July 17, 2011.
Gareth's artist statement for this series is presented below. The photos show his paintings in progress at his studio at 401 Richmond Street West.
The Floating World paintings are a kind of Vanitas. Scenes of great beauty suddenly engulfed by devastation. Imagine standing in wonder at the view before you, just as a Tsunami washes it all away.
My recent work explores our ultimate scale and purpose in the universe. The landscapes and cosmos scenes are a metaphor for the beauty we experience. In the work, the universe represents a sense of endless possibilities, and yet an existential terror of our final insignificance.
|In Studio Shot by Gareth Bate|
|Work in Progress by Gareth Bate|