Darlene Cole

Darlene Cole captures a hazy, haunting world of poetry and wonder. The artist’s distinct oil painting techniques lend a watercolour effect to her subjects without compromising rich colour values and velvety textures. Cole’s canvases—dreamy expanses inhabited by spirited figures—are studies of time and memory. These figures—both human and animal—play a pivotal role, evoking emotional responses in the viewer as Cole navigates between layers of reference and meaning.  At once playful and melancholic, Cole’s work draws on themes characteristic of her established painting career: the inherent mystery of old architectural interiors, the power of painterly colour and texture to spark memory, and the exploration of childhood innocence and its loss. Canvases offer delicate detail work that gives form to softly blended screens of colour, mapping the seamless and often unconscious journey from visual prompt to archetypal meaning: an elk’s elegant antlers emerge against a mossy plane; a child’s red dress bursts through the haze of a dreamy playground; a rowboat sails off toward a dusky horizon. Other recurring tropes in Cole’s work—velvet curtains, picture frames, and armoires—are thresholds that beckon us to an exciting place, far beyond the frame.

Cole's work has been exhibited across North America and is collected internationally in collections in Switzerland, France, Russia, the U.K., Italy and the U.S. Notable public collections include: Fairmont Hotels (Toronto, Montreal), Manulife Financial, RBC, CIBC, OCAD University, and the K.F. Preueter Collection of Canadian Art (Etobicoke).

 

THE INTIMATES | BAU-XI GALLERY
December 3 - 18
Opening Reception December 3, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
340 Dundas St. West

To read a Q & A with artist Darlene Cole about her upcoming series, click here.

 

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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (Black Velvet Ribbon)
Intimates (Emerald Velvet in Redon's Room at the Met)
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78 X 60 in. - $13,800.00
Intimates (love notes)
36 X 36 in. - $6,480.00
Intimates (peony heart)
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48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Intimates (rosewater)
54 X 40 in. - $9,400.00
Intimates (window sill)
48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Intimates (velvet amidst the palms)
54 X 42 in. - $9,600.00
Intimates (visiting Matisse)
10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (emerald velvet at the Met)
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (Sargent on blue velvet)
10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (to hold)
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (forget-me-not)
10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (in blush time)
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (heirloom electricity)
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (like it called to you)
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (my skin showing through)
10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Intimates (pure honey)
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40 X 40 in. - $7,200.00
Intimates (rose heart)
30 X 30 in. - $5,400.00
Intimates (velvet in the forest)
48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Intimates (behind the curtain)
30 X 30 in. - $5,400.00
Emblem (we lose ourselves at night)
30 X 30 in. - $5,400.00
Intimates (romancing<br>the sea)
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Darlene Cole
78 X 60 in. - $13,800.00
Darlene Cole
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10 X 8 in. - $1,800.00
Darlene Cole
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57 X 57 in. - $11,700.00
Darlene Cole
48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Darlene Cole
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48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Emblem (belles and the beat)
30 X 30 in. - $5,400.00
Darlene Cole
48 X 48 in. - $9,600.00
Roses and Moss (roses and honey)
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12 X 12 in. - $2,160.00
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Brave as a bear (we kissed as the sky held us close)
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