Born and raised in rural Ontario, Canadian artist Joanna Aplin was free to explore her family’s farmland without restraint. The youngest of five children, she watched and learned, then took to her imagination to create. Aplin went on to study fine arts at McMaster University earning her BA in 1998 and a degree in Education in 2000 and has worked in numerous artistic arenas such as arts education and theatrical productions.
Aplin’s figurative paintings are clean and captivating. Her classically trained yet contemporary approach to colour, form, and line makes her work aesthetically pleasing to all walks of life. Aplin takes her visual cues from the complexities in nature and the human form, then welcomes a reductive process – knowing it will lead to a simpler, more essential presentation of the subject matter. With a comprehensive grasp of colour theory and an unwillingness to compromise on materials – her acrylic paintings bring about a rich presence for the viewer to behold.
An up-close inspection of Aplin’s work reveals intentional brushstrokes that can be layered with texture and other times smooth and uncomplicated. She explores the relationship between colour and line, the real and the imaginary, in hopes of discovering the beauty in all things. Thematically, she pulls a lot from her everyday spiritual walk which always points to a message of victory and hope. “I want to direct the hearts and minds of my viewers to the richness of life in and around us.”
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