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Pat Walsh
Swimming Against the Tide

February 2005

February 3 to 27, 2005

“Water has always been a significant element in my life. These works attempt to make visible the mysteries and symbolic power of that ever changing presence.”

Espace Trois, Montreal, January 20, 2005 - In “Swimming Against the Tide” Pat Walsh explores some of the experiences she has had through her close association with water over the years. For the artist, water becomes a metaphore for feelings of mystery and awe of the universe and the natural world. We have selected eighteen of the artist’s deeply evocative watercolour paintings created over a sixteen year period from 1989 to 2004.

Her fear, fascination and love of water are shown from many viewpoints. In some works, the artist seems to be hovering above the water looking down. In others, she painted what it felt like to be inside water with fish swimming all around. She paints reflections on the surface of water and creates movement as a swimmer would swimming against the tide.

For over twenty years water has been an ongoing theme in her paintings of the lakes, rivers, and ponds of Southwestern Quebec where she lives. Walsh has also painted in the Adirondack Mountains. along the east coast of Canada in the Maritimes and in Maine, USA, Mexico and Cuba as well as the west coast of Canada. In these paintings, then, we can feel the artist’s personal experience of water from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans.

Thursday, February 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The artist will be present.

The Artist

Pat Walsh grew up on the lakeshore in Lachine near Lac Saint-Louis in Québec. She lived beside the Trout River, near Huntington, Quebec, for 10 years before moving to her present studio sixteen years ago. Here, several ponds, beaver dams and streams from which she continues to be inspired, surround her. Pat Walsh is one of the founding members of Powerhouse Gallery (now La Centrale) in Montreal.

Espace Trois is an exhibition space within the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts devoted to exhibiting work created by artists who teach in the School of Fine Arts as well as advanced Atelier members.

Information: Doreen Lindsay, Co-ordinator of Exhibitions, (514) 932-6688