Artist in Residence - Quetico Provincial Park July 2008
From a youth spent in the wilds of Northern Ontario, themes dominating the works of Pauline Horricks exhibit a fascination with light and shadow, both in nature and the human form. Horricks began her journey with art over 30 years ago as a self-taught watercolorist. For 15 years she painted and sold works that graduated from dramatic landscape themes to conceptual pieces about women. These pieces exist in private and corporate collections all over North America. In the mid 90s, her fascination for light and shadow led her to study printmaking at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
In early 1998, she began experimenting with plaster as an intaglio printing alternative to the conventional etching press. Although this medium is not unique, it is unusual - the plaster becoming an integral part of the piece as a whole. Horricks feels that the printing of etchings and collagraphs on plaster offers more spontaneous use of shape and value for conceptual expression. Also, it lends itself to some degree of 'dimensionality', which enhances the overall impact of the image.
More recently Horricks has returned to painting with oil on large textured panels, continuing to depict the patterns of light and shadow in the Boreal Forest. Her new series, entitled "Boreal Music", captures the drama of light, shadow, reflection and structural patterns in the northern rainforest.
Past exhibitions have included:
Agora Art Gallery (Chelsea, N.Y.) - Beyond Borders: Exhibition of Fine Art from Canada -October 2008 - oil painting - group exhibition
Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, ON) - juried group exhibition October 2008 - Oil Painting
Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, ON) - members' exhibition - June 2006 - printmaking & Oil painting
1998 Tweed Contemporary Artists Series, Tweed Museum of Art (Duluth, Mn.) - printmaking
O'Keefe Centre, (Toronto, ON) - by invitation - Canadian National Ballet fundraiser 1992
Lakehead Visual Arts Gallery (Thunder Bay, ON) - watercolour painting - several years
"People Places & Things" -Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (Thunder Bay, ON) - 5 years - watercolour painting
Excalibur Night Club (Chicago, Ill.) - by invitation 1993 - watercolour painting
Watercolour Competition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay, ON) - painting - People's Choice Award
Various art festivals including:
Art in the Park (Ottawa, ON) - June 2008 - oil painting
The Toronto Outdoor Exhibition (Toronto, ON) - juried - printmaking
Park Point Festival (Duluth, Mn) - juried -Best of Show award - printmaking
Loring Park Art Festival (Minneapolis, Mn.) - juried -printmaking
St. Pete's Beach Art Festival (St. Pete's Beach, Fla.) - juried -printmaking
In the summer of 2008, Pauline was an "artist in residence" in the Quetico, ON wilderness park. This program is run by the Ontario Provincial government in their parks network.
Current works by Pauline Horricks are available through Eight Broadway Art Gallery in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Pauline was represented by the Agora Gallery in New York, N.Y. throughout 2008 and her work was reviewed in the May 2009 edition of ARTisSpectrum Magazine.
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