Studio Watch: Emerging Artist Series - Painting 2015
Marie Fox and Stephanie Weirathmueller
The Studio Watch Emerging Artist program focuses on painting and is dedicated to the presentation of work by emerging artists in New Brunswick. The program has been made possible with the generous financial support of Earl and Sandy Brewer, who are committed to providing emerging artists of New Brunswick with an opportunity to be celebrated, to excel in their field, and to advance to the next step in their career. Along with the prestige of an exhibition for the first time in a major art museum, a purchase award is also provided, as well as an incentive to other art patrons to support the featured artist and other young artists in New Brunswick.
For the eleventh annual Studio Watch exhibition the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to showcase the fine talent of New Brunswick’s young artists, and invites everyone to discover this year’s two notable emerging artists: Marie Fox and Stephanie Weirathmueller.
Marie Fox describes her focus in this exhibition as “drawing upon personal and cultural mythologies.” Drawing influences from her own diverse ancestry (First Nations spirituality and the old world painting style of the Northern European Renaissance), she hopes “to weave together a conversation that resonates with many Canadians.” Her figures are painted outside of physical context, heightening the sense of myth and archetype with which she imbues them.
Stephanie Weirathmueller considers her work a “reflection of day-to-day life.” The work Weirathmueller has presented for the Studio Watch exhibition is done using layered oil paints which she says “lends a meditative quality to the work.” Her paintings are moments; as the artist puts it, they are “humble depictions of the ordinary, with an underlying sense of loss and longing.”
Curator: Bernard Riordon, O.C., Hon DFA, Director Emeritus
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and made possible by Earl and Sandy Brewer.