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Layered land 

Don Pentz's Enigma Landscapes emerge from scars and scrapping in the wake of acrylic paint. 

click to enlarge An excerpt from Don Pentz's ENIGMA LANDSCAPE #64 72X80in
  • An excerpt from Don Pentz's ENIGMA LANDSCAPE #64 72X80in

There is so much to admire in Don Pentz's Enigma Landscapes. The textures, the colours and the lines are so captivating. Pentz, a well-known abstract artist based in Nova Scotia, finds his inspiration in nature. His abstract paintings don't try to convey a perfect image of the land. Instead, Pentz uses the dark hues and angles from natural landscapes to create a new image. His acrylic paintings feel like new landscapes. Paintings like "Number 24" feature thick brush stokes that gives the work a greater texture. Many of the paintings have pinched white lines and stripes of black, which adds a nice contrast of colour. Perhaps the standout of the exhibit is "Number 58." There are broad stroked lines across the canvas, bright fire-like orange beaming from the bottom and spiked white lines cutting through the black strip. It's quite jarring. —Julie Sobowale

To February 13, Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis Street



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