Art Gallery of Hamilton announces KRISTIN BJORNERUD. SAFE HARBOUR

The Art Gallery of Hamilton presents KRISTIN BJORNERUD. SAFE HARBOUR. On view January 14 to May 21, KRISTIN BJORNERUD: SAFE HARBOUR highlights the artist’s lyrical watercolours conveying myths and legends, dreams and superstitions. This exhibition includes several works made during a residency on the island of Gotland, Sweden in 2010 as winner of the Brucebo Fine Art Foundation scholarship, which is juried in part by the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The Foundation was established by William Blair Bruce, a celebrated Hamilton painter of the turn of the 20th century, and his Swedish-born wife, artist Caroline Benedicks Bruce, to support emerging Canadian artists.

During her summer residency, Bjornerud’s immersion in Gotland’s fabled history and mythological atmosphere greatly influenced her works, and she incorporated her usual set of female characters drawn from life experiences. The paintings show scenes of women in tableaux, often in a mode of creation. They are playful, laden with references to women as producers, and to fables intertwined with historic events. Curated by Melissa Bennett. –

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