The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 13, with Scott Plear and John King in attendance from 1-4 pm

Scott Plear (RCA) – Artist Statement

“Painting— like all forms of expression, is about joining the various elemental qualities of the art form in the best combination to create an emotion. In painting, those qualities or elements are colour, value, shape, space, scale, and texture.
Painting is so complex. It is important to keep it direct and clear, yet rich and intricate. For it to have value, painting needs to tap into deeper often unnameable feelings.
If you get it right, it is like discovering the combination to a safe. With the right sequence, the safe will open, revealing its contents. Getting it right in painting will release in the viewer the feelings and therefore the magic of painting—its content. This experience can be repeated visit after visit. Some art requires only one look and offers little more upon a return to view. A great piece of art will renew and refresh constantly. To create such a work is rare.
Ideas will come and go. Eliminating them from your thoughts will let you get closer to the core of my work. This is not simple and requires the practice of looking. The experience of seeing needs to be cultivated.” – Scott Plear


Biographical Notes:

Scott Plear, born in Vancouver in 1952, is graduated from the University of British Columbia with bachelor’s degrees in both Science and Fine Arts. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2004 and he has painted for more than 35 years. Plear is an important artist who has exhibited solo on the west coast and in Ontario but also in United Kingdom, United States, and even in Zambia. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc , Art Bank, Canada Council, Ottawa, Ontario, SITQ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal. Triangle Arts Association (Ltd.), New York, New York. From 1986 to 2013, Plear was a faculty member in the Fine Arts Department of Langara College and has served terms as department chair and division chair during that time. He attended the Emma Lake Artist’s workshops five times from 1977 to 2000 and has completed several major commissions for Bentall Kennedy between 2007 and 2011.