Transparent, tasteless, odourless and nearly colourless, water is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, lakes and oceans and the fluids of most living organisms. Described as ‘the solvent of life’, water is vital for all known forms of life.
Water is also the solvent for one of the oldest art processes known to humankind: watercolour painting. During the later 19th century the influence of watercolour painting spread from England into North America and proved to be an excellent medium to capture the awe-inspiring physicality of this expansive territory.
The travelling exhibition From Water into Sky, featuring artworks from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, explores the use of watercolour painting in expressing the landscape and related aspects of the natural world. Investigating various approaches to watercolour painting and modes of artistic expression, the artworks in this exhibition give voice to the countless marvels and moods of the natural world and the ‘magic’ that can be found both within and through water.
The exhibition From Water into Sky was curated by Shane Golby, Art Gallery of Alberta, TREX Region 2
Cover Image: Keith Thomson, Water’s Edge, 1983, Watercolour on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts