Exhibition Opening, A New Day: works by Lawrence Morton

Exhibition Opening, A New Day: works by Lawrence Morton

North Vancouver
13-175 West 3rd St
12 Apr
  • [PAST] April 12th, 2024
  • 5:30-8:30pm
  • 13-175 West 3rd St North Vancouver
  • Exhibition Opening

RSVP Artist Reception: Friday, April 12th, 5:30-8:30pm (sign up for our newsletter!)
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 13th, 1-4pm
Show: April 13th-24th, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5:30pm

In its new exhibition, “A New Day,” Ashdale Gallery continues its mission of bringing Canadian artists into the spotlight and enriching the North Shore with their incredible work.

At the heart of its show are 10 new, yet seemingly timeless paintings by Lawrence Morton, a Toronto-based colourfield artist whose intuitive style and palette were highly influenced by his residency at the prestigious Chateau d’Orquevaux in northeastern France.

In these turbo-charged times of instant gratification, Morton’s calming canvases force us to step back, slow down, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection and contemplation.

Using color as his subject matter, Morton doesn’t rely on dramatic scenes, lines or shapes to grab our attention. Instead, his paintings are like visual poems, featuring soft gradations of colour and pristine surfaces that stimulate the senses, touch the heart, and put the mind to rest. As they shift from darkness to light, what you see isn’t as important as how they make you feel.

With their evocative hues ranging from sky blues to earthy browns, some of the pieces resemble imaginary landscapes while others are harder to situate. Like Mark Rothko, his artistic forbearer, Morton’s paintings contain a certain vastness and ambiguity that transcends time and space, taking us on a journey of introspection and self-discovery to places we’ve never been before.

Diverse as they are, the underlying thread in all of these pieces is Morton’s mastery of the medium and his ability to create a sense of depth, mystery, and harmony through colour. These atmospheric works whisper rather than roar. And what they seem to be telling us is to leave the world behind and focus on the moment.

Join us at Ashdale Gallery to experience these striking meditative works in person and let yourself be swept away. You’ll be glad you did.

Ashdale Gallery

  • 175 W. 3rd Street, Unit 113 North Vancouver, BC
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