Harold Klunder: Recent Watercolour Paintings
HAROLD KLUNDER: Recent Watercolour Paintings comprises six large rectangular, two oval and two round watercolours. Says Klunder: “I start with a white wax candle on a sheet of Arches white watercolour paper – essentially white on white, a blind drawing. After this initial drawing I proceed to add watercolour to the equation not knowing what might happen. Not knowing the outcome creates a complexity that would not be possible without the initial blind drawing. I think of these as watercolour paintings in the same way that we use the word oil when we refer to an oil painting.”
Harold Klunder was born in 1943 in Deventer, The Netherlands, later emigrating to Canada with his family. He received his advanced education at Central Technical School in Toronto. His practice reflects the artist’s diverse interests which include painting, printmaking, photography, performance and improvisational music. Known for his richly textured, complex abstract canvases that he builds up slowly over time, Klunder explores the world around him through lush colours and biomorphic shapes. He has exhibited across North America, Europe, Asia and South America and his work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Exhibition Dates: June 19 – July 14, 2018
Image Caption: Harold Klunder: Persian Lilac, 2018