“A Pilgrim’s Passage: Images of the Himalayas & Beyond”
Recent artwork by Haley Lewis will be on display at
The Guild in Charlottetown, June 26 – July 7, 2019
Living and working in China for many years has afforded Haley Lewis the unique opportunity to not only travel throughout that vast country, but also to many neighboring countries. A Pilgrim’s Passage is what she describes as a small glimpse into some of those places through a series of new paintings.
Of all the Asian countries Haley explored, she was especially drawn to Mongolia, Burma, Nepal and northern India.
“Although things are slowly changing, what I found there are cultures so remote that the people have been able to maintain their traditional religious and cultural practices, for the most part unhindered by the influences of the west.”
Since Buddhism is a practice so interwoven into the daily lives of the people in these isolated locales, Haley’s work naturally began to flow in this direction too.
“There is a reverence that overcomes you in these ancient 1000 year old monasteries; places steeped in ritual and mysticism, which are often in high altitudes amid dramatic landscapes. It is not hard to feel inspired by the silence, mystery and sheer beauty that surrounds you in a place like Ladakh.”
Her recent body of work consists predominantly of acrylic paintings some of which are very colorful while others take on the more subdued tones which she feels reflect the isolation and majesty of the places she experienced.
Haley says that she hopes to return to Tibet and northern India again one day and that it will likely continue to influence her art for many years to come.
“Sifting through the thousands of photos taken over the years and working on these paintings has been difficult but also pleasurable. It has been a chance to revisit and attempt to translate some of those experiences.”
For a small glimpse into some of the far-flung places that Haley has visited, all are welcome to view her recent works at her upcoming solo exhibition at The Guild from June 25 – July 7.
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