The word love appears on one of several oval shapes that dance across the canvas in this fun abstract painting by Sandra Meigs. The American born artist often uses words, geometric shapes and bright colours to create playful and compelling work.
This piece is rendered in peach, red, yellow and blue against a light blue backdrop.
One of a series of thirty paintings that formed an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017.
" I anticipate … an explosion of colour, at first the colours will look ungainly, like blobby forms coughed onto the wall: minty green, cerulean blue, milk chocolate brown … within the ground there are hidden figures and things: a toe, a dog head, a breast, etc. The viewer's exploration of these comes to fruition when close to the canvas. When stepping away to a distance, they are lost. " Sandra Meigs.
Born in Baltimore in 1953, Sandra Meigs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A.) and Dalhousie University (M.A.). She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973. Meigs has a rich exhibition history with multiple supporting publications from public galleries including the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Power Plant in Toronto.
In 2015, Meigs received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize. In 2021 she collaborated on a book about her art. She has been a teacher at the University of Victoria for more than 20 years. Meigs' artworks are held in private, corporate and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada.