Darlene Cole | Prelude | Advanced Preview

Darlene Cole | Prelude
December 1 - 22, 2023
Bau-Xi Gallery | Dufferin: 1384 Dufferin Street, Toronto 
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-4 PM | Artist in Attendance 

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Bau-Xi Gallery is delighted to present Prelude, an all-new exhibition by Toronto-based artist Darlene Cole.

"As in the prelude of a suite, each painting acts as a springboard to what comes next. Figures are surrounded by elements of nature and water, inviting an immersion into the body of work with each gestural moment." - Darlene Cole, 2023

Darlene Cole captures a hazy, haunting world of poetry and beauty. 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.

Cole's work is extensively collected across Canada and internationally. Notable public collections include: The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the K.F. Preueter Collection of Canadian Art, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, OCAD University, Fairmont Hotels (Toronto, Montreal, Banff), and Manulife Financial. 

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