Cora Brittan & Eric Brittan – New Work
Cora Brittan “Gilded Works”
Eric Brittan “Talavera Tiles & Plates”
painting, mixed media
July 5-28, 2013
Opening reception Friday July 5, 7-9:30pm
– the artists will also be in the gallery Sunday July 7th from 2-4pm.
Cora: “I paint because I’ve always loved to. It isn’t a frivolous activity …. So many things to celebrate, so many things to mourn. I lean toward celebration. The layers of generations overlapping in strata of feelings, endeavor, earth and rock. The unspoken but obvious love and care that must spin out and crystallize somewhere. Many of my paintings are of a small and intimate size, employing mixed media materials such as gold and silver leaf, acrylic inks, and coloured gessos. I work on terra cotta tile, prepared board and Japanese paper.”
Cora completed a 5 year apprenticeship in Calligraphy, Mixed Media, Illumination and Design with the Scribe’s Group, London, England and Studied Fine Art at Sir John Cass College, London, England. Cora’s work is an ongoing exploration of themes that are unique and personal that she has pursued for many years now including those inspired by where they live and work for 6 months of the year in Mexico. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the Greater Toronto area, earned awards, publications from 1987-2005, and has been a teacher of art as well throughout her artistic career.
Eric: Eric’s work is about windows looking out onto the Pacific Ocean while in Mexico, or Lake Ontario when home in Hamilton. “Our work [Eric and Cora’s] is made almost entirely in Melaque Jalisco, Mexico on the mid Pacific Coast. This part of the coast is called ‘The Costa Alegre’ which means ‘The Happy Coast’. Also included [subject matter] is flora and fauna, traditional Talavera tiles, folk art flower pots and decorative old pre-Columbian and modern plates from different regions including the ‘Costa Alegre’.” These works are mainly acrylic, with some mixed media.
Eric has been a teacher for most of his artistic career, in London England, India and Oakville’s Sheridan College for the longest duration 1977 to his retirement in 2009. He has enjoyed numerous solo and group exhibitions, two person with Cora and works are in many private and corporate collections.