Canadian master painter J. Allison Robichaud will be brightening the middle of winter by exhibiting a collection of new oil paintings titled “Simply Flowers” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts.
Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Allison had a varied career in the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, and eventually at Dow Chemical Company of Canada in Varennes, Quebec, where he was Loss Prevention Supervisor. It was in Quebec that he took up painting, and was fortunate to be adopted by 15 of the best painters in Montreal. He studied with them, exhibited with them and enjoyed their companionship on Plein air painting expeditions into the countryside. He has always sought to learn from other painters, but also believes that a painter must strive to discover their own style, as each “painting is very much like ourselves: unique!”
Allison loves the outdoors, painting alone or in the company of other painters. In his most recent of three books on painting, “Plein Air Painting by a Plein Air Master,” he writes: “when we are Plein air painting and we are able without any intervention to move into that moment of entrancement, we are in touch with our higher selves, lost in that magical moment of the creative flow.” He also writes: “Plein air painting demands simplicity.”
Allison has honed his craft making thousands of paintings; though others only see those that Allison considers his best. He reuses canvases where his first attempt does not meet his standards. He believes that an artist needs to critically evaluate his own work and constantly strive to perfect his art.
In this exhibition of new oil paintings titled “Simply Flowers”, Allison reveals 45 new paintings that capture the essence of the colour and beauty of flowers. With the exception of two or three paintings, all are natural countryside flowers. He says: “The uniqueness of the show is you can’t pick lilacs in December or daisies in February: once on canvas you can enjoy them forever.”
he exhibition opens Frist Friday, February 6th, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Lawrence House, 127 Christina Street South and continues through Saturday, February 28th. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
By N. Leonard Segall