Melting

Gillian Richards,
Vancouver, BC

Size

26" x 32"

Medium

acrylic on panel

This painting is part of an ongoing series that emerged from looking at the fa├žades of houses in my Vancouver neighbourhood. With their unpeopled yards and driveways, I am intrigued by the vague feeling of voyeurism that results from looking at these private spaces from the public space of a sidewalk. In the daytime they offer blank curtained windows, reflecting back the street or sky; at night they suggest the lives of their occupants by random lights glowing from within.

Melting

Gillian Richards,
Vancouver, BC

About the artist
About the artist

Gillian Richards
Vancouver, BC

My paintings are an exploration of the unnoticed and unremarkable spaces that are a part of my surrounding urban landscape. Subjects such as parking lots or empty backyards occupied by trailers and garages often appear in my work. Drawn to the quality of light these spaces possess and observing their ability to suggest a mood or imply a human presence, I seek to draw from these otherwise ordinary and often stark locations a sense of intimacy and emotion.

I am a full time artist who has lived and worked in Vancouver for over 25 years. Along with my fine art practise and numerous painting commissions for local and international clients, I have worked in the film industry as a scenic artist. I have studied art at Okanagan College, the Banff Centre and completed a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2014.

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