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Balances in natural world inspire artist’s latest work


Toronto, ON – June 21, 2006 – Equinox presents a selection from the last three years of work of Toronto-based painter, Arleen McCallum. Equinox refers to those two times in the year when we experience a perfect balance of light and dark. That harmony is echoed in the dynamic  of these paintings, which balance the juxtaposition of warm and cool, hard and soft, calm and turbulent.


The most recent of the paintings in this showing, large format dyptychs and tryptychs, stem from McCallum’s travels in Egypt last winter. Cairo, a boldly coloured, energetic, piece conveys the chaos, vitality and excitement of that metropolis with its swooping gestures and  intense presence. Call to Prayer, on the other hand, is  dreamy  and atmospheric, a mood created through the use of  warm, languid hues and soft edges. The Nile, another abstract, reflects the many facets of Egyptian life


Other less recent works are concerned with  surfaces – some aging, some reflecting.

There is suggestion of water, of rock, of corrosion, erosion, stress and decay. Many pieces are contemplative.


McCallum’s previous show featured the  birth and life of stars and galaxies. “With this recent work,” she says “my paintings have come right down to earth.”


Praxis Gallery  presents Equinox from June  24 to July 6, 2006 with an opening reception Friday June 23d from 8 – 10 pm. Praxis is located at 1614 Queen St. West between Sorauren and Roncesvalles. Gallery hours are Tues. - Fri. 10 - 6, Sat. 10 - 5




Anka Miokovic, Praxis Gallery

Phone: 416 - 532 - 0250



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