Art prof’s landscapes are part of downtown exhibit

Paintings by York visual arts Professor Michel Daigneault will be featured with work by two Montreal artists at the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto’s trendy Queen Street West neighborhood in a collective exhibition that opens tomorrow and continues to May 20.

Right: Blue Night by Michel Daigneault

The exhibition features 17 abstract works by Daigneault and Quebec artists Sylvie Bouchard and Jennifer Gordon. Gallery goers can meet and chat with the artists at the opening reception April 29 from 2 to 5pm.

Daigneault incorporates landscape vistas and close-up views of rock formations into topographic and mapping schematics to create his abstract paintings. “Shapes, surfaces and colours are coded to act like narrative, which allows them to converge and mutate into new identities,” he says.

Daigneault’s work has appeared in solo and group shows across Canada, the United States and France, and been reviewed in major publications including Canadian Art, C Magazine and The Globe and Mail. His works are found in many prestigious public collections, among them the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec Museum, Joliette Museum and the Canada Council Art Bank. He joined York’s visual arts department as a professor of painting in 2002.

The Leo Kamen Gallery is located at 80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 406, Toronto. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm.