Chosen by: Chris Thompson
“I’m originally from Ontario and I love the way the Group of Seven captured the spirit of Lake Huron’s wild shores and the forests in the Muskoka/Algonquin regions, where I vacationed. When exploring their art in various museums, I discovered the colourful, almost cartoonish landscapes of one of Frederick Varley’s students – E.J. Hughes. His painting Edge of the Wood, Gabriola Island is a great example of the idealized landscape that draws me in and doesn’t let go. No matter where I look in the painting, my eyes eventually snap back to the arbutus trees just past the rocky shore. There’s an optimistic affection in Hughes’ paintings, and his art makes me think of patchwork quilts, squeaky screen doors and standing on the beach skipping stones across the water.”
E.J. Hughes, Edge of the Wood, Gabriola Island, 1953. Oil on canvas.
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