Curator's Selection: Pastel

Pastel colours have achieved a level of popularity in art and design that hasn’t been seen in nearly two decades. Described as soothing, soft, and lacking in strong chromatic content, hues of pale yellow, baby blue, millennial pink and peppermint green have long held associations in Western culture with rebirth, springtime and femininity. Though the lightness of the pastel palette was once believed to psychologically induce a feeling of calmness, the popularity of the spectrum within recent years is far more political.


As a challenge to gender stereotypes, millennial pink has become a colour that symbolizes acceptance. Gen Z yellow and other chalky shades of the golden hue have strong associations with hope and optimism in an era defined by political divisiveness, environmental challenges and rising costs of living. In the wake of the new and powerful symbolism attached to the pastel family, artists have begun to employ the colours deliberately within their practices.


When paired with blue skies, palm trees and asphalt, the ice cream-hued stucco facades in George Byrne’s photographs encapsulates not only the spirit of his adopted city’s unique and diverse cityscape but also an aesthetic sensibility. Kathryn Macnaughton’s canvasses - inspired by collage, cut-outs, vintage palettes, and digital illustration – use floods of pastel colour to inform the many and converging concerns of the moment: permanence, fragments, history and the body. Finally, the deeply allegorical, non-linear journey one takes through Michelle Nguyen’s paintings sees the viewer encounter pastel hues imbued within everything from High Renaissance portraits and depictions of mythological figures to kitschy pink pool toys and frosted cakes.

George Byrne - Transparent Billboard - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
George Byrne - Parking Garage - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
George Byrne - Hyperion - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
George Byrne - Yellow Wall With Blue - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
George Byrne - Corner Composition, Palm Springs - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
George Byrne - Temple St - 2 sizes, $2,500-$6,000, Archival Pigment Print on Archival Substrate, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
48 X 48 in.
Kathryn MacNaughton - Seeking Symmetry, Acrylic on Canvas, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
FU
48 X 48 in.
Kathryn Macnaughton - FU, Acrylic on Canvas, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
60 X 35 in. - $4,200.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Floatie in Blue, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
60.25 X 32.25 in. - $4,000.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Parlour Games, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
54 x 60 in. - $5,700.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Tainted Fruit, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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36 X 36 in. - $3,000.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Daphne in Repose, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
36 X 36 in. - $3,000.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Womanishness, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
32.75 X 60 in. - $4,000.00 CAD
Michelle Nguyen - Tropics, Oil and Pastel on Canvas,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Garden Party - 3 sizes, $3,500-$13,500, Archival Inkjet Print Face-Mounted to Plexiglass, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Sunday Mornings - 3 sizes, $3,500-$13,500, Archival Inkjet Print Face-Mounted to Plexiglass, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Off In My Dream - 3 sizes, $3,500-$13,500, Archival Inkjet Print Face-Mounted to Plexiglass, Framed in White,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
36 X 36 in. - $4,600.00 CAD
Janna Watson - A Split Second This Instant, Mixed Media on Panel, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
60 X 60 in. - $9,900.00 CAD
Janna Watson - Talking About Fruit & Flowers, Mixed Media on Panel, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
48 X 48 in. - $7,100.00 CAD
Janna Watson - You Turned Me Into a Blush Brush, Mixed Media on Panel, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Sold
60 X 60 in. - $9,900.00 CAD
Janna Watson - No Seer Sees What's Next, Mixed Media on Panel, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
48 X 48 in. - $7,100.00 CAD
Janna Watson - As Transparent as an Insect Wing, Mixed Media on Panel, Unframed,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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