Multitalented Lani Imre’s brash and sassy work is on exhibit at the Scotia Creek Gallery at Millennium Place from Monday, February 13 to Thursday, March 1. Imre has a diploma of art from the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C. and a BFA from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design University in Halifax. Her background is in sculptural ceramics, drawing, printmaking and painting. Her art graces the walls of galleries in various cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Imre’s art visually unfolds as a sexually appealing fantasy world depicting elements of the natural world as well as exuding stylistic features of media and urban culture. She paints “characters” yet, feels a desperate need to provide each figure with a unique quality and personality through the careful consideration given to eyes and facial expressions. Nonetheless, a definite duality is present in the work. The female characters are an assertion of independence as well as a proclamation to an undeniable vulnerability. Her paintings are meant to engage the viewer in an appealing world of fantasy, beauty and quiet intuition.
The exhibition includes a new body of original works as well as a grouping of prints made from paintings over the last few years. Although her subject matter hasn’t changed, the original paintings in the exhibit are distinct in that their conception and execution took place during Imre’s pregnancy and the first eight months of her son’s life. In some ways she felt a shift in her life experiences and work, which display a heightened vibrancy of colour and conceptual intention.
WHAT: Lani Imre art exhibit
WHEN: February 13 – March 1
WHERE: Scotia Creek Gallery at Millennium Place