February 2 - March 2, 2017

Artlink Canada is proud to present Visions of Fantasy”, a selling exhibition showcasing local and international contemporary surrealist artists. “Visions of Fantasy” features the exciting works of Johnie Thornton (Los Angeles, California), Lauren Matsumoto (Brooklyn, New York), and Bruce Pashak (Vancouver, British Columbia). The exhibition celebrates the resurgence of surrealist art in the 21st century and the art genres inherently thought-provoking nature. The exhibition will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia from February 2nd to March 2nd, 2017 at Jaydon Art Gallery, 1091 Hornby Street.

Surrealism is an important art movement that first began in the late 1910s and early 1920s, experimenting and focusing on a new mode of expression called automatism, whereby surrealist artists seek to release the uninhibited imagination of their subconscious. As such, surrealist artworks often are dreamlike, surprising and contain unexpected imagery of the unconscious. The art genre merges the style of technically precise realism with intellectual thought and psychoanalytic theory, many such works having political or religious undertones. Originally made famous by artists such as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Joan Miró, surrealist artworks never fail to intrigue and captivate the viewer.

Today the tradition of surrealism continues in “Visions of Fantasy”, which showcases three surrealist artists, whose artworks expand the imagination, twisting reality into fantasy with uncanny imagery and force the viewer to think outside the box. “Visions of Fantasy” artworks have surprising imagery, deep symbolism, juxtaposing themes and disdain for convention. Rich with symbolic imagery and hidden meanings, the contemporary surrealist artworks in “Visions of Fantasy” confronts the viewer with images that are meant to question societal norms and ways of thinking. These beautifully rendered artworks are immersive; blending refined painting techniques and superb technical skill with conceptual thought, whilst simultaneously presenting meaningful imagery that allows for individual interpretation. 

* Opens to the public February 2nd, 2017

* Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 6:00 pm

* Opening Night Reception: February 2nd, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

* Closing Night Reception: March 2nd, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm