From urban parks after midnight, to trailer park fires, car crashes, and rural highways, UVic alumnus Mark Laver explores the narrative power of nocturnal imagery and the allure of oil paint itself.
Shining Examples, a show of Laver’s work at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St., features a series of paintings captured at night and painted from the dim interior of his car or under street lights, using any available light source.
A selection of his larger works expands the night time theme by placing crumpled vehicles and mobile home fires in rural locations.
There is a certain visceral texture to the painting surfaces that undoubtedly finds its roots in (my) hands-on childhood experiences of nature in an area of forest, swamps, beach and gravel roads, said Laver, who grew up on rural Vancouver Island.
This free exhibit runs from March 1 to 31. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to www.legacygallery.ca.