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Sandra Meigs: What Is the Mind of the Mystic

Winchester Galleries
Victoria BC – Feb 2-27, 2016

Sandra Meigs, What is the mind of the mystic 2 (20

Sandra Meigs, What is the mind of the mystic 2 (2015), acrylic on panel [Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC, Feb 2-27]

Sandra Meigs, What is the mind of the mystic 5

Sandra Meigs, What is the mind of the mystic 5 (2015), acrylic on panel [Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC, Feb 2-27]

In 2015, Victoria-based painter Sandra Meigs was awarded the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Gershon Iskowitz Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada. This prize includes $50,000 and a solo exhibition at the AGO, scheduled for 2017. The work she is planning to install at the AGO is called The Pavilion for Mystics, which she describes as a panorama painting measuring 6.5 by 30 feet.

What Is the Mind of the Mystic comprises seven small paintings (20 by 16 inches), all studies for the large work to be shown at the AGO. Based on a previous series by Meigs called All to All (exhibited at the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto in 2015 and including over 175 round paintings), this comparatively modest show at Winchester Galleries is an interesting opportunity to study the evolutionary staging of a major project by an important contemporary artist.

Meigs’s paintings, often described as creative, enigmatic, comic and psychologically rich, are indeed spellbinding. They tend to engage directly with a viewer’s imagination, travelling a vivid mainline to that private place where everything is possible and real, and tapping one’s ability to respond both emotionally and deeply to paint.

Christine Clark


 Sun, Feb 7, 2016