Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Meditative Musings; Current Approaches to the Creative Process - John Koyounian

What originally started as an excuse to create works in a Zen style of doodles has emerged into a new body of artwork that surpasses the original intention. John Koyounian has recently diverged from his archetypal approach to his art production from narrative works to something that at one time is a blend of both tribal and urban graffiti.

Initially the development of this new work was to make marks in a subconscious way relying on an intuitive approach rather then something that was deliberately planned. Unlike the patterning found in the trendy adult colouring books, the iconography created is less functional and at times very much a grouping of abstracted forms. John explains the process in the following manner.” I initially begin with a series of arbitrary quick line gestures/passages which are essentially pathways for the grouping of patterns.” It is during this initial line work that John grapples with the lines developed and I tries to consolidate their appearance. All the considerations of composition come into play. Repeated use of pattern and use of varied lines are introduced as a way to create a cohesive composition.  

During this process motifs are created and to some measure repeated patterns on occasion emerge in a reoccurring method. However what initially was designed to step away from the use of the figure has become a momentary pause because much of his work is so steeped in the figure, the introduction of the human form reappearing is an understandable place in which this work has settled at least for now.

You can view more of John Koyounian's work at the Art Gallery of Lambeth.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Arts and Culture in your Community - London Studio Tour 2016

The London Studio Tour has been active in London for 23 years and has been a huge contributor to the arts and culture in our city. The Tour was first created in 1993 to feature the artists’ and the talent that live within our City and our communities. 

One weekend every year the artists of London graciously open their homes and studios to the general public to share their world and reveal the mythical process in which their art is produced. This is a one-of-a kind experience that breaks the barrier between a finished piece of art that you may find hanging in a gallery and the actually procedure in which the art was created. 

This year the event will be held April 15th -17th where London residents are all welcome to take part in this free 3-day event.

In Lovely Lambeth we have so much culture and art to celebrate in our community.  This year, the London Studio Tour will be showcasing Lambeth artist, Vivian Tserotas.  Vivian is an award winning textile artist, teacher,  and owner of the Art Gallery of Lambeth.  She has been participating in the London Studio Tour for the past eight years in Lambeth and is dedicated to promoting the arts and culture in our community. Tserotas’ art works look like paintings but with a closer look you see the swirls of flowing stitches that decorate layers of translucent material.  Silk and velvet is her canvas, her sewing machine her paintbrush while her thread will add the final touches to her vibrant jewel-toned one-of-a-kind works of art.  Vivian will be exhibiting her most recent textile arts, fused glass, felted works and jewelry.  The studio will have some interactive station set up for participants to view, learn and try creating with the different mediums. Vivian will be showing at the Art Gallery of Lambeth to share her art process and greet everyone who participates in this exhilarating event.

The event is free of charge and a great experience for all members of the family to learn and explore the real world of art straight from the production room!  This is an event you do not want to miss so take the week end off and visit all the artists on the tour. 

Many of the other studios on the tour will also be offer beverages, snacks and some are also offering a chance for you to try your hand at art production.  This year, the Studio Tour is presenting the largest number of artists and studios in a 23-year history!  A total of 33 studios will be open for this eagerly-anticipated event on London’s cultural calendar. 

To receive a Brochure or list of participating artists, please visit the Art Gallery of Lambeth, 2454 Main Street, or visit the online London Studio Tour website, at

Monday, 22 February 2016

Elisabeth Hoffmann, Resident Artist and Instructor

The AGL would like to introduce one of its newest Resident Artists and Instructor to join us for 2016. 

Elisabeth actually became part of our AGL Family in November of 2015 as an Instructor.  We loved her work so much that we invited her to become one of our amazing Resident Artists.

Elisabeth Hoffmann was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada with her parents and three younger sisters in 1967.  She grew up surrounded by art and music.  Her father is an accomplished artist who has painted throughout his entire life and who successfully continues his craft today.  All of her siblings are connected to the art world through interior design, graphic art, architecture and painting.  

A lawyer by trade, Elisabeth stayed home to raise her three sons after her youngest was born.  As her children got older, she pursued various artistic interests including interior decorating and, occasionally, painting.  She struggled to find her groove but it wasn't until a move to the country and its consequent embedment in nature that Elisabeth found her passion and talent for the abstract.  She embraced the fine art of acrylic painting with vengeance and purpose.  

A further move in 2013, enabled Elisabeth to continue to hone her craft surrounded by the beauty of the nature that feeds her soul.  Since early 2015, she has used an acrylic pouring medium, a product that allows the paint to flow and is thereby a perfect match for her love of intense movement and colour.  It also enables her to pour her soul, as it were, onto the canvas, a process that is immensely therapeutic and liberating.

In addition to artist, Elisabeth is an intuitive self-awareness coach.  Through her life experience and continual journey into her own self-awareness, she has come to understand that moving forward in any area of our lives starts with our most important relationship - the one we have with ourselves.  Self-awareness creates clarity and wisdom from where all else flows.  Elisabeth facilitates her clients' journeys into self-awareness by intuitively directing and helping them access and tap into the wisdom they already have available to them in their own hearts.  When we are overwhelmed or struggling or in need of direction because we don't know what to do or where to turn, her self-awareness coaching directs us to what our hearts and souls are trying to communicate to us about the potential avenues to illuminating and clarifying those dilemmas.

Watch for Elisabeth's classes coming up soon at the AGL Studio. To see more of Elisabeth’s fabulous work up close and personal, come by the Art Gallery of Lambeth.  

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Welcome - William Prettie, Resident Artist 2016

Light From a Jazz Saxophone #2

The AGL would like to introduce another of its newest Resident Artists to join us in 2016.

William Prettie has recently returned to London, Ontario after spending almost 7 years working at a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories.

William was born in Southern Ontario and has lived and worked all across Canada. He has traveled all across North America and some of Europe, including an extended stay in the lovely city of Prague.

Light From a Jazz Saxophone #1

This art is predominantly ideas based, and influenced
by sociological and philosophical ideas as much as the awe
engendered in the observation of nature. 

William takes seriously the rights and responsibilities
accorded to the designation ‘artist’, and so is constantly
pushing and challenging established boundaries in an attempt
to create each piece as a unique entity.

In William's own words:
All of these life experiences have contributed to my art practice over the decades and, of course, to the underlying understandings that have been built up. My understandings are not only intellectually attained, but also come from the fact of working physically, and especially from working with others who do the same.

See more of William's work

Monday, 28 September 2015

A Casting of Shadows - John Koyounian

October 6-31, 2015
Feeding Thoughts & Illusions

Opening Reception: 
Friday October 16, 7-9 pm

John is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Fanshawe and holds an Honors Degree in Visual Art from Western as well as a Bachelor of Education. Currently John teaches visual art at Beal Secondary school in the Beal Art Program.

John explains his art in his own words:

The use of narrative has always been a large part of my creative process. Communicating ideas in a visual manner is a central component of my practice. Quite often themes and symbols are developed as a reaction to the stringing of words that can be found in not only my writing but also phrases gleaned from poets and various forms of popular culture.

Talk of the Town

We are all creatures of our experiences and observations. These experiences shape our world view and our concerns manifest themselves in our daily life and influence our perception of events. It is in moments of meditation that I find myself exploring those experiences in a visual manner. However there is a grey line between events and our perception of them. In the interior of our psyche we can at times infer events that conflict with our rational experiences and it is those projected thoughts that I am exploring. Not unlike the story of Plato’s Cave and the experiences of silhouettes that are casted shadows on a wall that represent the concrete world.

The inclusion of contour lines plays with the idea that these projections are not truly there but are mere shadows. Their existence represents subconscious symbols which are a reaction, when projected upon our reality tell a different or new story.

Often times within these compositions the faces are hidden or intentionally cropped in order to develop a more universal experience for the viewer, this is done in order to allow the viewer to identify and see themselves or past experiences of their own within the work.