The power of colour.
Alex van Gaalen is an autodidact painter who works in oil.
He is interested in portraiture and colour and loves the Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and the later ones Kees van Dongen and Karel Appel. His work is inspired by the multicultural society and he aims to capture the essence of his subject. In Canada he discovered the Canadian masters. He especially loves Tom Thomson and Norval Morrisseau.
He grew up with horses and sailing and the colours in the new paintings bring back the feeling of freedom that you experience when going full speed on the back of a horse or in a sailboat with flying spinnakers.
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Summer 2015: two times a month at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market: check out the new booth on Saturday September 5, 2015.
Saturday September 27, 2014 Alex will be painting a portrait with a live model in The Peoples Gallery in Waterloo, next to the Art Store.
The two latest portraits are the parents of my friend Cezar Sion. His parents Mr. and Ms. Sion were visiting him here in Kitchener from Romania. These portraits were painted in live sittings that lasted 3 hours for each of them.
Every month I am showing a new painting in The Peoples Gallery on the corner of William St. and Caroline in Waterloo.
Colourful horses are the latest creations. I have also done a few portraits recently.
June 2014 Multicultural festival, 22 paintings were on show.
June 15 and 16, 2013 the sail boats were in Bayfield, Ontario at Martens Art Gallery.
A new direction. From playing with light now more playing with colour. One of the horses and the portrait was in the Latitudes Festival in Victoria Park in June 2012. The horse was sold.
The two paintings below that, Playing with Light, were in the Homer Watson Gallery in March 2012.
The portraits of Miles Davis and the Lady were in the gallery of Paula White Diamond in 2010 as part of the square foot show.
My paintings have been part of the multicultural festival in Victoria Park since 2008. They were in a group show in Globe Studios in 2009.
When I arrived in Canada in 2007 I did a few workshops with the great portrait artist Podi Lawrence.