Parallel Journey’s Landon Mackenzie Speaks

Landon Mackenzie is a celebrated Canadian artist, admired for her large-scale paintings on canvas and ink and her watercolour creations on paper. As part of a national tour, Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey is currently showing at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), and this week the Vancouver-based creator will present two talks at the Centre.

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The first talk will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery; wine will be available for purchase and this will be an illustrated talk using examples of Mackenzie’s works. The following Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m. the artist will offer a tour and talk of Parallel Journey, followed by tea and coffee provided at the end. Both tours are offered complimentarily and the exhibition space can be found in the Upper West Gallery.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Toronto, Mackenzie studied printmaking at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Her strengths as an artist are her inventive energy, her intellectual restlessness and curiosity, and her love of imagery, maps, language, and history. Some of her student etchings are included in the show including layered works often featuring text, which shed light on some of her mature painting practice, in which she often writes words and phrases into the painting that later get covered over by marks and images.

Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey shows until September 25 at the CCAG. Parallel Journey is accompanied by a multi-authored, full-length book published by Black Dog Publishing in the U.K. (with special support from the Audain Foundation). The Gallery is open Monday-Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Portrait of Landon Mackenzie by Susan King.

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