CANADIAN ARTIST ROB ELPHINSTONE

 

Art pieces by Rob Elphinstone have been or will be going on exhibition in many countries since 2007.

He has also had many local exhibitions in BC as well as in Ontario.  In Italy, he showed an example of reverse perspective at "American Sandwich" and he received an "Anthony Van Dyck" award and an honorary membership in the "Associazione Culturale Italia in Arte". He
presented his piece "The Design of Mt. Benson" at the VI International Festival of Experimental Art at the Manege in July, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Last year with the same curator, Larisa Skobkina, he participated with his large reverse perspective work "Formations" in the VIII International Dialogues Biennial also held at the Manege Exhibition Hall. In the US his photographic work about Afghanistan was presented at the National Hispanic University 25th Anniversary Fiesta in San Jose, CA. He also participated in the 1st International Art Biennial of Sorocaba in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This August in Rodby, Denmark his piece "Moraine Lake" was exhibited at the International Art & Culture Festival. He continues to present talks about his travels to Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders in support of a library project for girls in Herat, Afghanistan.

A Vancouver art collector, W. Mathews, says:  "...I see the Vincent influence, but your art evokes the brushwork of Soutine and I see a distinct passionate style influenced by nature... This man's art is going to find a huge public appreciation in the future."

An Art critic in Argentina, Ricardo Cesar Lescano Grosso said the following about his work: "His paintings radiate light from a hidden painful world, creating a natural atmosphere of intimacy.  Combining thousands of colors in constant dynamism, sky, water and vegetation seem grouped to dance to the beat of your pulse, full of feelings and passions. His art is called "Actualism Art" as a testimony of a key reality that the author reflects in his work."

Rob Elphinstone specializes in capturing the beauty of the Canadian west coast through his textured wild flowing landscapes. His art reflects the belief that our senses reveal only a shadow of what we truly experience. Rob believes that the beauty of a place is hardly ever replicated in a photo or a video. Our senses take in a fraction of what we perceive about the world. This tiny fraction is the shadow of what is really there. Art should not have to be about what the inner psyche experiences or displaying perfectly what is optically there but should be about the unseen reality that everyone feels. His art pieces reflect the premise that creative art stems from what is truly evident in nature rather than the shadow that can be photographed. The term "Actualism art" is used to distinguish this art form from the emotionally based "expressionism" trend. Reality is more than just the sum of our emotional impressions and the sense detection of an external scene. The realism art discipline attempts to capture the latter and expressionism the former. Rob Elphinstone's version of Actualism art allows that the observer can interpret the "actual" and create works that capture the essence of the observed in a fundamental way.

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

West Coast,
Waiting Room Gallery, Ladysmith, Canada, 2008.

American Sandwich
,
Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italy, 2008.

Smiles Exhibition
,
Royal Castle, Warsaw Poland, 2008.

NHU 25th Anniversary Fiesta
,
National Hispanic University, San Jose, USA, 2007.

3rd Annual Multi Media Fine Arts Exhibition
,
Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, Ladysmith, Canada, 2007.

Nuit Blanche
,
ACA Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2007.

VIII International  "Dialogues" Biennial of Modern Art
,
Manege Museum of Contemporary Art,  Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2007.
1st International Art Biennial of Sorocaba
,
Espacos Publicos da cidade de Sorocaba, Scorocaba,
Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2007.
Reflections
,
ACA Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2006.

Spring
,
Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, Canada, 2007.
2nd Annual Multi Media Fine Arts Exhibition,
 Ladysmith, Canada,  2007.
Winter Festival,
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, Canada
, 2006.
Urban Eyes Art Exhibition,
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, Canada, 2006.
Nanaimo Art Gallery Annual Floral Art Exhibit,
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, Canada, 2006.
Landscapes and Timescapes
,
ACA Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2006.
Global Fusion, Toronto Photographic Festival,
ACA Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2006.
Premio Internazionale D'Arte San Valentino,
Vico del Gargano, Italy, catalogue, February 11 - 19, 2006.

In the Footsteps of
Jules Verne
,
Decourtenay  Galleries, Chatelet, Belgium, 2006.

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SALAO OFICIAL DE
ARTE DE CARAGUATATUBA
,
San Paolo, Brazil, 2006.
LANDSCAPES,
Estense Castle, Ferrara, Italy, 2005.

DIVINE CELEBRATIONS OF SPIRIT
,
ACA Gallery,
Toronto, Canada, 2005.
TESTOSTERONE - A MAN'S TRADE,
Covent Garden Fine Art Gallery,
Wellington, Canada, 2005.

Feature Artist
,
Oakleaf Gallery, Chemainus, Canada, 2005.

Photographic Afghanistan Exhibition
,
ACA Gallery, Toronto,
Canada, 2005.

Feature Artist
,
Fat Cat Fine Art, Victoria, Canada 2005.

Simplicity
, Nanaimo
Art Gallery, Nanimo, Canada, 2005.

Oceans of Art
,
Bamfield Marine Centre, Bamfield, Canada, 2005.

Feature Artist
,
Curry's Art Store, 2005.

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