2024 FEB - FLECK FINE ART EXHIBITION
CASSIDY VAN LEEUWEN "Sunny Blue Jacket"
60 x 40 inches
Acrylic Gouache on Paper
My work in portraiture allows me to investigate my fleeting street infatuations. I look to paint and celebrate the pedestrian things that excite me - the sun, melanin, contemporary clothing, pattern, and the sky - but am seeking to navigate beyond the transient quality inherent in film photography. This is explored by going deeper with the portrait subject; creating connection through gaze, bolder mark-making, larger scale, and indulging in the visual splendour of dancing brushstrokes and high chroma.
The work communicates loudly using these tools, while maintaining a quiet strength to the portrait’s subject.
Cassidy is a Canadian painter and teacher with a 2014 BFA from Queen’s University as well as a 2018 Bachelor of Illustration from Sheridan College. Outside of elementary school instruction and painting, she teaches children and youth art classes within the community.