Found: Rolando Lampitoc & Nathalie Carles

Rolando Lampitoc – Encaustic portraits with jewellery by Nathalie Carles. July 31st to August 19th.


Found, the 3rd of ArtCrafts Showcase Gallery features the work of two artists, Rolando Lampitoc and Nathalie Carles.

Lampitock, a former graphic artist, who lives on Galiano Island, works full time as a visual artist and painter. His current work is influenced by reels of old negatives kept by his father. “My father was a portrait artist and had amassed a vast negative collection for a reference to his work. I knew long time ago that these negatives existed but, while my father was alive, I was never allowed to view or touch them even during his twilight years. I purposely looked for the negatives days after his passing.”

Lampitoc uses his father’s photographs of women as content for his paintings. Some of the faces he recognized as relatives, others are of complete strangers. Loose brush strokes create movement, bringing a liveliness to his subjects. Because of this technique, they appear more active rather than still, inanimate portraits. “It was actually hard for me to arrive at this style. It was more of a mental obstacle rather than a technical issue. My research of “letting go” is more of an inner search than just the practice of painting.”

Nathalie Carles necklaces are a mass of found objects: rhinestones, venetian glass beads, stars, hearts, stones and charms: Bits and pieces gleaned from others’ discarded trinkets and then newly strung together to form a new narrative “giving them a new life.” Carles, originally from Paris, would observe her mother, who, […]

2017-07-26T17:09:08+00:00Categories: 2015, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

Interlude: Sharon Simmonds-Chia & Kasumi Lampitoc

Sharon Simmonds Chia-Small studies with Ceramic pieces by Kasumi Lampitoc. August 21 to September 20

Japanese Maple Keys.....Titled



Snowberries in Chinese vase . . ._


Artcraft’s final Showcase of the summer will run from Friday 21st August to the closing of Artcraft on Sunday September 20th.

“Interlude” is based around the delicate still life groupings of Sharon Simonds Chia. She sees her paintings as “intimate, contemplative compositions of natural and man made objects in a formal arrangement.” There is a great balance to her paintings as well as a sense of thoughtfulness that combine to give the viewer a feeling of peace, and the belief that everything is “just so“ and well with the world.

This can be partly explained by Chia’s long time immersion in the culture of the “Far East”, through spending years living in Hong Kong and her marriage to her late husband Fu-Shiang Chia. Her sense of composition has clear roots in the asymmetry and interpretation of nature found in Oriental scroll paintings, creating a balance enhanced by a slow and thoughtful process of choosing and placing natural and man made objects in her arrangements. Chia chooses to use an overhead perspective in her paintings, which allows the exploration of shallow space, shadow and reflection. It is an unusual perspective but somehow works to accentuate the balance and sense of rightness in her compositions.

Her paintings are complimented by the fine ceramic work of Kasumi Lampitoc. Exquisitely crafted with great sensibility, one gets similar feelings of order and peace, to looking at Chia’s paintings, and that each piece is perfectly balanced and […]

2017-07-26T17:39:24+00:00Categories: 2015, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments

HOAX: Mary Lottridge

Mary Lottridge

July 10 to July 29.


Coulrophobia is a non-scientific term for the fear of clowns. Culturally prevalent, whether as corporate mascot Ronald McDonald, or “mythologized trickster”, they have been depicted in art ,circus and opera for centuries. French literary critic Edmond de Congourt said in 1876 that “the clown’s art is now rather terrifying and full of anxiety and apprehension.”


Though the phobia is not solely the subject matter for artist and painter Mary Lottridge, an Emily Carr University and UBC graduate, she incorporates clown imagery to help her to understand the “falseness” and “forced cheeriness” she experienced during the illness of her late husband. “Clowns seemed to be a good stand in for the two-sidedness that I observed in my demeanour.”


Clowns ignite anxiety in many people. We are unable to discern who the person is under the make-up and what they are genuinely emoting behind the mask of a mischievous expression. As Lottridge explains, “They appear fun, but are mostly creepy and unsettling, and they function as a kind of visual avatar for my hypocritical behaviour”. During this period, she spent “an enormous amount of effort trying to appear normal.” Clown iconography speaks to the artifice and duality of her conduct during that difficult time.


On the surface, her work is “less-troubled” and comical, even though there is a tension within the clown dichotomy of menace and joker. Compelling and colourful, a precocious Pinocchio or a clownish monkey are placed in front of a frenetic pop-art setting. Backgrounds are a tumult of pattern and colour adding further disquiet to each piece, “illustrating the over-hyped and anxious mood.”

In one image, “What the Clown Saw”, Lottridge captures a clown, with […]

2017-07-26T17:12:07+00:00Categories: 2015, Showcase Exhibitions|0 Comments