The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will be showcasing the artwork of Welland artist Robert Bora in the exhibit titled "The Things I See." Through his oil paintings of vignettes from either the interior of homes or its architectural exterior, Robert Bora challenges viewers to see everyday things in a different way. The exhibit runs from November 5th to November 30th, 2019, with a free reception on Nov. 7th, Thursday (7:00-9:00 pm).
Welland artist Robert Bora challenges us to see everyday things in a different way in his new exhibit at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre.
"The Things I See" opens at the Pumphouse on Nov. 5 and runs until Nov. 30. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
“I paint what I see and how I see it,” Bora says, explaining the title. “The everyday, ordinary, recognizable things from the real world around me that some may take for granted or ignore.”
His oil paintings show vignettes from either the interior of homes or the architectural exterior: a bird cage sitting in front of a window, a coffee cup on a dresser, the roof peak of a house. All are painted in strong, warm colours in realist style and a minimalist precision, with straight lines and angles, with many paintings featuring windows.
Bora says he uses windows to draw a viewer into a painting. “Windows are a recurring theme I use, not to offer a view to the outside, but rather to trap the viewer inside, hoping to conjure up a memory or feeling of the moment in time.”
His ideas are sparked while out walking or driving and, after they grow in his mind, he tries to translate their emotional meaning to canvas in meticulous fashion while in his studio, a creation process that echoes Canadian realist artists such as Christopher Pratt and Alex Colville.
“The words to describe my style is minimalist, representational, realism,” Bora says. “Capturing light, shadow, shape and colour are the four main constants in my paintings, all hoping to capture a more defined intensity and lasting emotional memory.”
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is a not-for-profit community-based organization that supports and advances lifelong learning opportunities in the arts through our school and galleries, emphasizing community involvement and collaboration. Our mission is to engage, enrich and celebrate our diverse and growing population through the visual arts.
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