Reflection is a series of paintings that focuses on the mystical phenomenon of life itself, and the resilience of nature flourishing against forces of opposition. The floral subjects are depicted thriving in artificially lit and inorganic environments, alluding to nature’s triumphant ability to overpower human imposition.
These florals are presented in a way that is unabashed and glorious, in the dark of the night and in quiet corners, teeming with light and shimmering colour. They seem to exist in a transcendent state, blissfully unaware of the world in which they find themselves in. Captured at the peak of their bloom, they bring attention to the ever fleeting present, and the mystery to be found therein.
Col Urrutia is a Vancouver-based artist and instructor. He studied at the Barcelona Academy of Art and in various ateliers throughout the US, where he developed a rich understanding of traditional and contemporary art approaches. He has exhibited at Basic Inquiry Gallery, August Studios and Red Gate Arts Society.
Col’s artwork explores various genres, focusing on urban landscapes, domestic spaces, still lives, and the human figure, with a keen eye for detail.
Whether working from life or reference imagery, Col experiments with spatial distortion, nocturnal lighting, and eccentric colour palettes, seeking to place the viewer into an altered state of perception. Creating new ways of looking at the world is what motivates him as both an artist and educator.
THIS Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.