For Edward Epp, painting a landscape is never a matter a processing
visual data alone, but involves the total experience of the environment.
As a result, the Saskatoon-born artist prefers to create the majority
of his semi-abstract works en plein air, eschewing the
use of visual memory aids like photographs. “So far, the
most convincing painterly response, the most authentic for me,
is in that natural moment,” he says.
For the last 10 years,
Epp has made his home in the coastal city of Prince Rupert in northern
British Columbia. This exhibition, his fifth with MSG, is the first
to focus on his landscapes of this remote region. Comprising some
36 paintings and watercolours, Edward
Epp: Mystic North presents the full range of Epp’s approach
and compositional concerns in relation to his subject. All of the
works were produced outdoors directly in front of the motif.
of the images in the exhibition make use of elongated formats,
both vertical and horizontal. Epp compares their atmospheric effect
to those discovered by early Chinese landscapists, who found that
compression of dimension could convey a spiritual or meditative state