Karina Kalvaitis

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Indecision | 15″ high x 20″ wide | Mechanical pencil on paper This work is part of a series of drawings of animal hybrids. “Indecision” plays on the idea of unacted upon ideas leading to immobilization, as if overthinking each possibility and its consequences have only caused a rooting in inaction and frustration. This drawing was created using mechanical pencils …

Karen Louise Jones

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Chromatic Black Number 1 | 24″ high x 48″ wide (diptych) | Acrylic paint on amper sand Claybord™ cradled panels The goal and result of this painting is to represent an ideal of perfection. I incorporate pure geometry, flat surfaces, solid colours, and finishes that emulate fine furniture; combined with contemporary computerized fabrication methods to create texture. I abandon traditional …

John David James

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Image_4.1.1 (Islet) | 48″ high x 32″ wide | Acrylic paint on colour print The work explores the intersection between landscape and abstraction. Elements from within a scene are isolated and reframed to create a dialogue around place and materiality. www.johndavidjames.com

Susan Huber

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | THE ALLIANCE OF SALT SPRING ARTISTS (ASA) AWARD – $1,000 “I work to capture the mysteries inherent in all landscapes. My camera seeks out quirky undertones. I look for subjects that are unguarded, close to nature, and still agreeable to the idea of magic. I am inspired by large format photography and 19th Century processes in the work …

Vanessa Hall-Patch

SSartprize Finalist 2015

House Sampler, Land Sampler | Print: 42″ high x 32″ wide | Book 4″ high x 6″ wide x 3-1/2″ deep | Intaglio screen print, digital hand-bound book I am inspired by how familiarity + otherness, permanence + transience, intimacy + expansiveness are conveyed through perceptions of home. House Sampler, Land Sampler depicts more than one hundred Bowen Island homes …

Keith Chisholm

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Insight—Coastal Pool 1.02 | 48″ x 48″ | Acrylic polymer on mounted oak panel Insight—Coastal Pool 1.01 is based on developed imagery from several mountainous and coastal origins: lichens, pebbles, rock, flora, stone and the spatial relationships between these objects. Drawing on the idea of sensory memory, Keith’s process involves harnessing visceral emotional experiences from the natural environment back into …

Eric Button

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | 3RD PRIZE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – $1,000 Eric Button is an artist living and working in Vancouver. He has a BFA with a major in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nature and Canadian culture are common themes in his work, which he explores with a sense of humour and a touch of cynicism. www.ericbutton.com …

Mike Bernard

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Cypress – 2015 | 20.5″ high x 48″ wide | Fujitrans transparency mounted in lightbox This image was taken at Cypress Park in the spring of 2015. The panorama is made up of left and right images taken using a 50mm lens at f1.4. Additional light was added by hand to the foreground during exposure. Photographs from this series consider …

Cole Bazin

SSartprize Finalist 2015

Draping Cloth. Jutting Jags | 35.5″ x 30″ | Oil on wood cradled panel When I painted “Draping Cloth. Jutting Jags” I was interested in investigating how this screenbased language can inhabit both the exterior spaces, and the internal. How it manifests within culture as object, within a monitor as concept, or even internalized and emotive. www.colebazin.com