Frances Cockburn – Paintings
June 7-30, 2013
Opening reception Friday, June 7, 7-9:30 pm.
“I tend to paint what is around me – my east end Hamilton neighbourhood, downtown Hamilton and Dundas, and nearby landscapes. For rural paintings, I often work on location, while urban paintings generally develop in the studio from photographs or video stills. The act of painting tends to be solitary and private, so painting on location in an urban setting creates a tension that may not exist while painting on a country road or beside a swamp. I am also interested in exploring my ambivalence between small towns and large cities. I grew up Preston, a small town (now part of Cambridge), and moved to Toronto after finishing high school. For most of my adult life I have moved frequently and regularly, trying to find a balance between life in a large city and life in a small town. While these issues are part of the creative process, and inevitably become part of the final work, they aren’t explicitly laid out. The scenes stand on their own, and the paintings take their own direction, whatever the subject matter.
Frances Cockburn received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Computer Science from the University of Guelph. She has been a professional artist since the mid-1990’s, receiving several awards and prizes, including an Ontario Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Grant and an OAC Mid-Career Artist Grant.
Frances Cockburn lives in Hamilton with her husband and daughter, and is represented by Odon Wagner Contemporary in Toronto.”